Or would that be Bingr? (As in Flickr and Snappr). This from John Johnston:
So what is a media snacker? Jeremiah has defined media snackers as “Folks who consume small bits of information, data or entertainment when, where, and how they want. If you want to be part of their lives you’ve got to respect them.”
Hmmm I need to think about this.
*gives up and plays Sudoku*
Social networking – pure networking, not tools – tends to work in two ways. And you have heard me talk or seen me blog about Dine In and Take Away before so I’m not saying anything toooo controversial. I hope.
Dine In is traditional – blogs, wikis, forums, hangout with friends, trade links and comment on them, create content and have a laugh, start a conversation and have a fight. Hours have passed, and you are still on there. Think of Facebook, isn’t there something comforting and home-y about that blue colour? Not the most emotionally satisfying network, but still, just being there is alternately soothing and vibrant.
Take away is RSS and widgets in blogs and quickly emailing a viral cartoon or a link to a youtube video. The place of consumption is not important, it’s mobile and as such tends to be short bursts of activity. Twitter something and then run. A quick bite on Facebook and then off.
I don’t (and can’t) consume media as a snack and fast food. I’m not a huge fan of Facebook because it tends to address a fairly shallow need – to discoverability and connection, but not relationship and conversation. Discovered a cool site? Posted Items, but don’t wax lyrical for 2 pages on it. Found an old friend? Add as a Friend, one line to enter where you met and when, add a sentence or two to a Wall Post. But don’t catch up on each others lives about the intervening 10 years.
I can’t be bothered answering your questions on Facebook because of the character limit. So Dean Collins asked about migrating mobile content on to a Facebook app, and I had to answer him in 3 sentences. Hello? Me make brief and concise statements? As if! And then it was misunderstood. So I used another 255 chars to try again – but 3 strikes and you are out. “Don’t hijack the thread, let others have a say!”.
I rarely click through on the videos posted on my fun wall, even if I’ve settled in for a few hours moseying around, catching up on my friends links. Fun Wall is frustrating because I can’t comment on the video posted – and say how much I liked it, what I thought the deeper perspectives were, wonder who else might like it and so on. Annoying.
Twitter has a 140 char limit. And you will note that out of everyone you know, I push that limit most times. As I do with SMS. War and Peace, anyone? Did I mention irritation at not enough depth of content? Twitter is best for me when it mimics IRC and people respond @each other. Then it looks like a conversation, a discussion, a too-ing and fro-ing. Not just people pissing into the ether about “taking a bath” or “watching tv”.
I prefer to be on forums, on my 28th answer(post) to the same discussion (thread). Or I set the agenda of what I want to research – mesh aggregation networks and how many different types there are and what industries they will affect. And then spend 4 hours happily reading and responding and googling and dissecting every thesis and blog post and discussion group and white paper and… well, dunno, but that ain’t ‘snacking’.
More like Binge and Purge, than Snack. I have ten hours on World of Warcraft planned for Saturday. I hope.