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July 08, 2008

Stop the Web, I want to get off...

I used to be happy with Facebook and Twitter and regularly updated my statuses in both... for a while at least!

Then Facebook got a bit stale, started suffering application spam, and I sensed people moving on.  I still use it, but only really as a place to share stuff with friends and family - and as the home of my Second Friends Facebook application.

Then Twitter began struggling under the weight of its own success and people have started talking about identi.ca and Pownce and various other alternatives.

Good grief!

Now I seem to need Ping.fm, just to let me post to all the places that people might be listening.

I'm suffering social network overload and I need help.  Is there some kind of f2f group I can go along to?  "Hello, my name is Andy and I've just accidentally pinged the wrong tweet to my ning network".

Oddly, Spike Milligan predicted much of this chaos and confusion as long ago as 1968 (I still remember getting a copy of Silly Verse for Kids in my Christmas stocking that year):

On the Ning Nang Nong

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
And the Monkeys all say Boo!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots Jibber Jabber Joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang!
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!
So it's Ning Nang Nong!
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning!
Trees go Ping!
Nong Ning Nang!
The mice go Clang!

What a noisy place to belong,
Is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!

Spike Milligan in Silly verse for kids, 1968

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Have you tried the nong social network?

[sorry, bad]

So *that's* what Spike was on about!

I tend to agree, there's a lot of noise. I think it's up to each of us to place limits on the number of people we follow, though. Dunbar's Number, and all that.

Stuart Langridge has some thoughts on Twitter & Identi.ca here, and he's written a Twitter Identi.ca Reflector for posting to Identi.ca from Twitter:
http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2008/07/03/identica-twitter-and-posting-between-the-two

I've just come from a meeting where someone got their Ping and their Ning confused :-)

LOL!
With some simple instrumentation and an XMPP interface, we could see the "tea pots Jibber Jabber Joo" in our lifetime

:-)

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