Where all your time has gone

And by “your time,” I suspect I really mean “James Lileks’ time”:

Every day I encounter some site I like, but rarely promote to the daily bookmark. I find this interesting. Why wouldn’t I? Because it’s a peripheral interest, and I really don’t need to check up on someone’s vintage kitchen remodel for a month. If ever. So the list of secondary bookmarks grows and grows, until weeded out six months later after a cursory revisit. Each of these pages usually has a Facebook page. Never go there. Why would I?

I am something like that, though you should probably figure that if you read it here, I don’t consider that interest “peripheral.”

What I don’t like about all of this: the fragmentation of presence. If you just have Facebook, lucky you. If that’s what you want. But if you have a blog, you should tweet, and if you tweet, isn’t there a Facebook account and a Google+ account you might want to link to that? Ought not the Tumblr be chained as well, so all updates everywhere are sprayed across all possible platforms?

Short answer: no. Slightly longer answer: there are different audiences, at least in my case, for each of these platforms. (I don’t have a presence on Tumblr.) And nothing I say is so gosh-darn important that I have to push it out to everyone who’s ever heard of me.


  1. fillyjonk »

    23 January 2013 · 11:59 am

    If I get content pushed at me too much, I begin to resent the pusher.

    There are a few businesses I’ve shopped at that REALLY need to dial back on their “Constant Contact” junk.

  2. Laura »

    26 January 2013 · 12:28 pm

    I’m not very good at social networking and one is about all I can half-ass pay attempt to. I choose Facebook only because it’s a simple app on my phone and my words aren’t limited and I can just paste memes if I want.

  3. CGHill »

    26 January 2013 · 1:55 pm

    There’s a lot to be said for not having to mess with a learning curve.

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