I find myself today thinking that what I really need is a patch that alleviates the painful symptoms of withdrawal from tablet computing devices. Mere months after getting my ematic Genesis tablet– which I had been so pleased with– I regret to say that I have somehow managed to destroy it. It appears that I somehow managed to shatter the screen, which shows a web of cracks all over the surface. When I turn it on, the screen does not respond to any touch. I am frankly baffled at how I managed to crack the screen while I was asleep. Though I’ve long been told that I am an athletic sleeper.
I suppose it is a measure of my addiction to tablets that mere hours after discovering my poor tablet is toast I am already shopping for a replacement. I recall when my first tablet died, I ordered another one almost immediately. I expect I will do so again. I wasn’t really addicted to Angry Birds. Though I admit I have been trying over and over again to do the one I was stuck on. You have a whole bunch of different birds to kill three slugs beneath all kinds of wood and ice. I can often get two of them, but the third one is elusive. Part of me worries that even if I do get a new tablet and it does have Angry Birds installed on it, who knows how long it may take me to reach the level I had been stuck at. Starting over is fairly easy, and is perhaps the one thing that everyone has gotten skilled at these days. But it is never the same.
It seems to me that measurements are one of the least useful things in social media. While it is trivially easy to count, say, how many Likes a status update receives, these numbers are inevitably quite disconnected from the real exchanges of ideas and emotions and the relationships with other users that are the real meat of social media involvement. It seems as though every week or so users are bombarded with yet another tool that will analyze their history on some site or another and provide a pretty graphical report about what they are doing right or wrong. I believe these reports to be usually less than useful and at times dangerous in that they may cause people to mis-direct their energies and efforts away from real interaction with their audience, in pursuit of numbers which don’t ultimately mean much of anything.
And finally today, my thanks to Kamal Bennani who suggested today’s words.