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Written on February 19, 2008, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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My use of social media Seesmic is altering the way I dream. There is a reason for my becoming involved in this nascent community, aside from the fact that I find such early-stage communities fascinating. I seem to have connected with a group of likeminded people whom I wouldn’t have minded meeting in any situation, it’s as simple as that.

March 30th is, we are told, the lifting of the alpha-veil, the grand opening of the gates, and the moment which this sometimes cliquey and self-defensive bunch is in some measure dreading, and recently there have been self-reflective discussions about whether this will spell the inevitable downward spiral, YouTube style, for the site.

Maybe, maybe, and only time will tell whether the policies of community care (I love that, it sounds like we are all deranged) which have borne fruit so far will work as Seesmic is scaled up. There is always noise in any system; success depends on the ration of noise to conversation, as much as it does on the level(s) of discourse available. One of the delightful things about Seesmic for me is that I can simultaneously be deeply serious and childishly playful, which is exactly how my mind works.

If Seesmic plunges inexorably downmarket, it will not fail, though it will become a very different kind of social event. Given that users can re-create smaller Seesmic spaces within the system, which suit the conversations that they want to have, this might benefit many people, especially those shy ones who lack the courage to leap into the sometimes hurly-burly of the ever-increasing speed of the pubic timeline and speak from the heart, those sensitive intellectuals who wish to carefully tease out a subtle idea, or just folks who articulate clumsily and don’t want to be derided for their pains.

Attractive though the unified single space is, using Twitter as an example, since when did anyone try to use that highly populated public timeline as a resting place? It would be like trying to recline on an avalanche, a total impossibility. To keep the junk levels down, it would seem that some elementary tools are required, including the ability to create private groups, separate timelines, and to block individuals who insist on saying “Hitler” whenever they show up before the garden is opened up to a million happy picnickers.

Meanwhile, the dream. I dreamed I was on the phone to a certain well-known podcaster… and oh, the air turned blue. What I don’t say in this Seesmic is that I walked about for the first few minutes of today in the mistaken belief that it had actually happened. So, perhaps everything IS recorded, and perhaps Seesmic is indeed real life.

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  1. orangefrute88
    Posted 19 February, 2008 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    i believed for nearly 20 years that i had in fact met joe nameth (american quarterback for the jets and 70s heart throb). however, when i had finally to defend this assertation, i enlisted the corroborative testimony of my father, whom i believed had facilitated this meeting, only to discover that it was only a dream. a dream! that i believed to be truth for two decades! so, i hear you today, deekster

  2. Indigobusiness
    Posted 20 February, 2008 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    The circuit is nigh on complete.

  3. Bill Cammack
    Posted 21 February, 2008 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    As far as the public timeline… As you mention, that will go the way of the Twitter pubic timeline… with two differences.

    1a) The Twitter public timeline is 20 entries long.
    1b) The Seesmic public timeline is 8 entries long.

    2a) It takes approximately 3 seconds to read each twitter entry.
    2b) It takes approximately 3 seconds for a seesmic video to start playing.

    Therefore, as useless as the Twitter public timeline is, the Seesmic public timeline will be much more so, because in the time that it takes you to watch one multi-minute Seesmic video, there are going to be several entries made to the public timeline. Especially if you take the time to record a response to what you just watched, there are going to be a high percentage of posts that just get washed away without anyone ever seeing them.

    Of course, the friends timeline can help with this situation, somewhat.

    As far as everyhing being recorded, that’s absolutely true. Not only is it recorded, but it’s not deleted when you click “delete”. So, instead of people treating Seesmic like a private conversation, they should be treating it like they’re actors on a stage… because they are…..

  4. Kari the Herbalist( and a whole lot more)
    Posted 21 February, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh what a ride it has been…

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