Overload!

I originally intended this to be sort of a sequel to my last post on Online living because I later realized there was so much I didn’t do it much justice – and as some people pointed out; maybe there is more to life than the internet.

But brings us to another point: overload of the stuff we love and hold on to everyday.

Apart from my work Email and office phone (which keep me busy nearly the entire day five days a week) I also have 3 other personal Email accounts which demand checking a few times a day. And then there is orkut – the single biggest service I use on the internet next only to google search.
To complicate things, I recently discovered a whole lot of my high-school buddies on facebook and joined in. And then there is Linked-In to keep in touch with old colleagues from work who neither fit in orkut or facebook.

And this does not even take into account the free sign-up offers I turn down everyday from places named Hi5, friendster, WAYN, Shelfari, RupeeMail, Yaari… and this list gets long.

 Add to this is the sweet chaos of blogging and checking out the regular blogs I read, joining in the discussion forum I comment on regularly (which I will not mention here) and a crazy service called My Blog Log – which I have no idea why the devil I signed up for.

Picasa and Flickr where I stash my pix online.

And then there is twitter; which I don’t use all that much either and just signed up because it felt like a good idea at the time (and because the guys from CommonCraft did a great marketing job with Twitter in Plain English!)

 It suddenly dawned on me that I have way too many things to keep track of online. Maybe it is time to switch all things off for a while and stay disconnected from all things electronic.

 

And when that day comes; I’ll do another post on it ;-)

5 comments:

aziaf said...

Linkedin is beyond getting in touch with old colleagues. It is extremely useful in finding useful contacts while doing an investment research.

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I felt I was very much living online during my hostel days. That was when I was really very active in participating in a lot of discussion forums. But that changed after coming back home.

Saurabh said...

You must be too busy. 4 E-mail accounts, orkut, twitter, blogs and your own blog. Phew!

-=A.R.N.=- said...

@faiza
True what you say abt Linked-In; but unfortunately most of what I use it for is only to keep in touch with the old folks from work.
I just hold on to it in the hope that one day I wake up to its full potential.

@saurabh:
actually not really dude.
I divide my personal Email accounts into the one I use for my friends, one for other people not necessarily friends and the other exclusively for spam (like when you're asked give an Email when you sign up for something)

I mostly pretend to be very busy
:D

A wo(a)ndering mind said...

hahaha!!! when u list it like that... man... it does seem like a huge circus..:)

-=A.R.N.=- said...

@a wondering mind.

Yeah, it is isn't it?
And this doesn't even count the huge amount of online services we need for comment following and feed burning; one of these days I'm gonna lose track of my usernames...and what password goes with each one!