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Sunday, February 01, 2004
( comments) # 2701 7:25:35 AM G! DayPop!. email
( comments) # 2700 7:15:17 AM G! DayPop!. email
I'm coming up to Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday. Anyone for lunch or dinner? Call me: 510-444-8234 or email philw et dijest. com. Can you suggest spicy noodles, or other fare? Roland? We can talk about social software, politics, the horrible commercials on the superbowl this year, blogging, whatever.
( comments) # 2699 6:54:42 AM G! DayPop!. email
You may try to model me, but you can't define me. I'm larger than a tidy form.
That's why God and evolution gave us the ability to lie. And posture. And pretend. And choose our words and body language.
I am not my business card. Or my resumé. Or my orkut profile.
They are merely shorthands, placeholders, for the real thing.
And you never get the real thing.
That hamstrings YASNs.
The prob, of course is that I am many people in one skin and we all change who's in charge with the ebb and flow of blood sugar, brain chemistry, and the damned cat that peed on the carpet and I'm one way in A's company, another in B's company, and some awkward way when in the company of both A & B since I'm working with B, dating A, but had horribly bad sex with B but I can't remember whose fault it was.
I am complex, not one persona but many, changing over time.
We become self aware of this in puberty.
And spend adolescence learning to navigate ourselves, to choose, to actively dream versions of ourselves into being. For the objects of our infatuation. For our authority figures. For our parents. For strangers. Hopefully for ourselves.
Then adulthood calls for settling upon an outer persona. We simplify, most of us, at least our outer affect.
But the other me's are still inside.
And each of the million other Ryzers/YASNSers are the same way.
If I'm that messy and convoluted, can you imagine the relationship complexity? personas*(personas-1).
I have a few broad suggestions for social network improvements.
Model sociology. Not just nice stuff but all the icky horrible interactions we see in the office, in school, in gangs. Rites of passage. Flirting. Insults. Combat. Cliques. Authority. Power.
Model psychology. Squeeze in Maslow's Hierarchy. Piaget or someone else who models childhood development, especially arrested development.
Let me do more. Solve real life problems virtually. Design tools for tasks I really need. Group formation. Group destruction. Group work. Better meetings. Prioritization of communication. Help people be useful to each other.
Do less. Email, texting, http, phone calls are all pretty dumb systems. They just move content, so the human content becomes paramount, richer, engaging. Find your core and strip away the rest.
Admit your limitations and open up the plumbing. We need APIs so programmers can extend the models and tools.
Or whatever. The world knows more than you do, so let them in.
If you want social software to endure, ...
A guy asked what it takes to scale your rolodex to 100,000 people. Then built Ryze to find out.
What's your question?
This is my Blogchalk: United States, California, Oakland, Adams Point, English, Phil, Male, 41-45.
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