- 1,867 people accounts are connected to me through Buzz, ‘Book, chat and Twitter.
- I don’t know 1,867 people.
- Even accounting for 40 percent overlap, I don’t know 1,120.2 people.
- We might not be friends.
The Whole Story:
Between the killing of time at the Denver International Airport and turning on my phone upon landing safely in Philadelphia last night, I inadvertently direct messaged a few hundred people the promise I could help them “get bigger and have sex longer.”
In the three hours I was in the air, 4 people direct messaged and 15 people replied to me on twitter to alert me to the promises I’d made and suggested perhaps I’d been hacked.
I changed my password and tweeted out a clarification.
Then, I went to my sent direct messages to see who I’d accidentally spammed. After 7 pages, I stopped deleting the messages.
That little episode and a conversation I had with Ben got me thinking.
I did the math. All told, I’m connected to 1,867 accounts through buzz, twitter, Facebook, twitter and chat. Allowing for 40 percent overlap, I’m still connected to 1,120.2 people. I don’t know that many people.
I don’t think I would want to know that many people.
The popularity contest of it all is a little ridiculous as well. What do I think is going to happen if I hit 1,000 followers on twitter? I’m not completely certain, but I know it’ll mean I no longer will be shackled by mortal foibles.
I could be wrong.
The thing is, I talk on a regular basis with 2 people with whom I attended high school and 3 people with whom I attended college. Maybe 20 people make up the cadre to which I turn for professional and personal support. Throw in the accounts of about 5 neophyte family members. That leads me to 30 accounts. Who are the other 1,827 people accounts?
More to the point, am I a better person / teacher for being connected to them?
As reciprocity’s been big in my mind as of late, are they better for being connected to me?
Or, are we just connected because it’s easy?