Deep Thoughts

Lurking, and not very often

   Mon, April 6, 2009 - 3:25 PM
Once, there was Friendster. And it was fun to see all your associate's profiles, in a organized manner (not like a 1997 Geocities page). And you could see the connections. And you could follow them. But there was no way to associate people by groups. So we made fictitious person accounts like "Burning Man." But there was still no way to communicate in discussions. Then they started to run out of bandwidth and I had to seek out another online outlet.

Then came Tribe. Suddenly we had all the profile pages and connections of Friendster, plus the ability to join groups and public discussions. Plus, they let us get away with grown-up stuff. But I never realized one thing: all this time, Tribe was limited to the High Tech world, San Francisco, and Burning Man. That was about it. Meanwhile, the rest of the nation got their first representation on MySpace. I tried it, but "eeeewwww!" I couldn't deal with the vomit backgrounds and embedded music that hit you like finding a dildo in the fridge.

During Tribe's six-month lack of bandwidth, I got dragged into FaceBook. Sure they were caught with their hands in the cookie jar a few ttimes, and slapped on the wrist. But it's starting to look like they're trainable. It was really weird to be found by people I knew in Hight School, but it's turning out to be addictive to watch everyone's news twats™, and to comment on every little thing that happens in a person's day.

So now I'm down to just occasional check-in here on Tribe. I've cut my associate list down to just about 100 locals. See you in the next network (and the next, and the next...)!


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Mon, April 6, 2009 - 5:00 PM
Belen likes this.
Wed, April 8, 2009 - 6:42 PM
I only friended three people from HS (two HS friends, another whom I have known since about third grade - and not counting Marcus & my older sister) - I think I may have tried to friend you too? But too many people from my class I don't want anything to do with ... good thing I changed my name and they don't know what it is ...
Fri, July 3, 2009 - 2:42 PM
FaceBook tyranny
Call me retro or (GasP!) Luddite, I prefer Tribe and I will stay here
Nobody has to join to read my page, etc. It keeps me (somewhat) honest.

I'm in touch with anyone I still want to know from HS.