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Couldn’t Have Said It Better” Dept.

This from a blogger I follow, Darren Rowse, remarking on the proliferation of social networks. I orignally posted this on a Buzz post. Seemed apropos.

“With groups, lists and niche networks becoming more popular, networks could begin to feel more “exclusive.” Not everyone can fit on someone’s newly created Twitter list and as networks begin to fill with noise, it’s likely that user behavior such as “hiding” the hyperactive updaters that appear in your Facebook news feed may become more common. Perhaps it’s not actually less social, but it might seem that way as we all come to terms with getting value out of our networks — while filtering out the clutter.

I believe that we are already beginning to see this trend accelerate as the onslaught of new networks for us to explore and manage continues to assault us even as we struggle to find the signal within the noise of our existing networks. The average and even not so average person is simply finding it to be too much..”

Later he mentions Facebook and other social media sites implementing a “hide” feature to help users filter content. He says”…we will begin to see more of this type of functionality emerge in response to the need for people to extract value from their ecosystems. While I believe that new platforms, service and networks will emerge that promise this—I think the reality is that people will not abandon existing platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. especially if those platforms continue to add noise reducing functionality. We are limited beings with busy lives and creating new networks every few months is simply not sustainable behavior.”

Is this simply the older generation (and I include myself among them) failing to be able to keep up with the speed of the currentl tech, or is there an actual saturation point for information overload even with the most tech savvy?

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