A quick thought on all the social media networks, messaging tools, feeds and virtual worlds out there.
Of all the thousadns of messages out there, this one caught my eye.
Why? Random timing sure, but the question is bigger than FriendFeed.
My response: FriendFeed is a big Middle. There is no End. That’s based on my impression of how FriendFeed is working. People re-add their friends from other social networks to see all of their feeds in one place. Great! But for now I only go there to add people and respond to people following me. I haven’t figured out how I might process this information. Will there be a search function? Will other social networks and portals take the feed information and find ways to sort it for us? For now, it’s just a big middle; adding, being added and knowing that information is there, whether I do anything with it or not.
Of course, Dave responded with: “Aye, but now we have aggregator aggregators? What’s next?”
— Well, first, how about a FeindFeed to keep track of all the jerks and bad guys out there :)
Seriously, I feel all of these social media outlets are a big Middle. If people stop using one, it doesn’t “end,” the network just moves on. The important thing is I know where the people i want are, and where they are and how we can tap each other’s expertise, wit, friendship, connections and whatever else we are in this for. These are the little Endings I take out of the big Middle.
Middles can be wearying, but it’s those mini-Endings along the way that help us get stuff done.
Plus, Middle is good. Middle is the sandwich meat; Middle age is the new Young (I hope), and Middle C is an important part of any musical piece. Please add your own forced metaphors in the comments section.