Too anti-social for social networking?

9 Jul

I am finding it very hard to get excited about the latest social networking website Genealogy Wise. I nearly signed up yesterday morning, but thought I would have to take some time to read their privacy policy first so didn’t bother. However I think it is apathy that is stopping me signing up now.

I couldn’t be bothered with Myspace, far too messy and noisy for my liking. I do have a Facebook account, but I only go on there to play Scrabble these days, and that application nearly cripples my PC now, so that probably won’t last much longer. If my friends wanted to be reunited with me then they could probably find me without the need for a website, and if they couldn’t, well that probably wasn’t a bad thing.

I have no need for a Second Life (there is not enough time in the day for the first one) and no PC that would cope with it anyway. I have never felt the urge to Tweet or follow anyone else, so I don’t see why I should start now. I don’t even have my family tree online, although I know I probably should.

Come to think of it I am not even sure why I am blogging either? But please don’t let me spoil the party. I have nothing against Genealogy Wise or any of the other social networking sites (or their users), but I do find it increasingly harder to find much (if any) enthusiasm for any of them.

Perhaps it is being a restrained Englishman that does it, or perhaps it is being a simple country boy that makes me want to run in the opposite direction from a frenzied crowd of social networkers.

So if you don’t mind I will leave you all to your groups and discussions, you all carry on poking each other (or whatever it is you youngsters do these days) and I’ll go and have a quiet sit down in the corner and read a book or perhaps do some research, and if you could keep the noise down a bit that would be marvellous. Thank you.

4 Responses to “Too anti-social for social networking?”

  1. Alex July 10, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    I’m quietly sitting in the corner on this one too. It feels like the same content and connectivity is being regurgitated in too many slightly different places, and while I support having alternatives I don’t feel the urge to sign up to all of them. And it would be a full-time job keeping up with all of them!

  2. wanderinggenealogist July 10, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    I am glad it is not just me staying away from the party. Perhaps when things settle down I will have another look in and see what’s going on, but like you say far too many options out there at the moment.

  3. evelynyvonnetheriault July 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    I just jumped right in with two feet today (created a Postcard group). I do concur with much of what you say but I’m thinking that since this new application is aimed at one community (genealogy) that there will be a consistently higher level of content and discussion.
    “Hope springs eternal in the human breast…”
    (too lazy to google this quote but you get the gist of it!)
    Evelyn in Montreal

  4. tcagazio July 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    I tend to agree with you, but I’ve signed up for them all. Not to participate, mind you – mainly I did just to watch everyone else…I guess I am a bit anti-social now that I think of it.

    Tim Agazio

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