I’m a big fan of “pull” type communications like RSS and Twitter. I call them “pull” because I have total control over when and how I get information–nothing is ever pushed onto me. While they aren’t always productive, they are seldom interruptive. Interruptive technologies like IM and email with a little “ding” or popup are the quickest way to get me off my train of thought.
One reason I dislike text messaging so much is that it is abused. People feel like it’s ok to send a text about something that isn’t important enough for a phone call. From my perspective, if it isn’t worth a phone call or isn’t important enough to send later in an email, it’s not important. Loud concerts and emergency situations are the only ones that make sense to me for texting.
According to the NTY:
A typical information worker who sits at a computer all day turns to his e-mail program more than 50 times and uses instant messaging 77 times, according to one measure by RescueTime, a company that analyzes computer habits. The company, which draws its data from 40,000 people who have tracking software on their computers, found that on average the worker also stops at 40 Web sites over the course of the day.
Thanks to RSS, I have the number of websites I visit daily cut down to less than 10. Of course, I probably read info from 50-100 sites on any given day, but I only have to visit one site to read most of them. Maybe one day I’ll grow to love these technologies. Apparently I hated Twitter at one time too.
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