TagsAnalytics BI Blink 182 Book Review brainstorming Business collaboration 2.0 communication consumer creator Evernote Facebook Google Docs google trends Google Wave hadoop history Innovation internet IT Knowledge Manhattan novella novice online identity outsourcing Productivity Question real-time Self sketch social social media social network social phenemenon Technology traveling vicarious.ly writing
My first novella is now available on the Kindle Store. It’s about a 26 year old nomad, who has a peculiar interest in linguistics, that is going through a quarter-life crisis.
I just finished my first novella. The entire text is available for free in the link below. It’s about a 26 year old nomad, who has a peculiar interest in linguistics, that is going through a quarter-life crisis.
I’ve been writing this for the past five months. Thanks to everyone who’s read drafts and provided input.
Today Facebook announced that they would implement a new messaging system that focuses on real-time, ‘conversational’, interaction throughout the next few months. This messaging system has been in the works for over a year and uses many sophisticated data-processing methods.
I found that the most interesting part of the presentation had nothing to do with the new technology. Rather, it had to do with Mark Zuckerburg’s comment stating that many people, “think that email is too slow.” Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook employee, stated something along the lines of, “people don’t write letters anymore. People don’t want to sit down and think about what they want to write.”
That made me think long and hard about the direction of modern communication. I think it is a great thing that communication has become almost instantaneous. Video conferencing, real-time collaborative document editing, screen sharing, and instant messaging are such an integral part of my personal and professional life.
As these technologies advance, it is not surprising to think that people want a simpler way to communicate. I have written before that one of the first major achievements of technology was that it bridged the physical gap between two separate locations. Technology is now bridging the emotional gap between two separate locations. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing.
What concerns me is that people think the art of writing a well crafted message to another person is becoming obsolete. I don’t think the classroom should be the only place where people learn how to communicate structured, analytic prose. Many insights about life in general cannot be expressed in real-time. Some things require time for reflection– creation.
I think that letter writing is one of the best ways to show somebody who you are. I hope that practice does not go away, because I find that some of the most powerful conversations that I have had with people in the past and recently have been through letters. Sure, we could have called each other. But that would not allow us to construct a piece that stands on its own — only supported by the words contained in that one message.
Who thinks that letter writing is dead? Maybe I’m becoming a dinosaur.
Facebook’s new messaging system at the moment is invite only. You can request an invite by clicking here.
The post How to brainstorm using Facebook which I wrote last month is already outdated by the new features that have been implemented into Facebook: notably Facebook Groups and Facebook Questions.
Here’s the million dollar question that I posted on Facebook Questions, a newly integrated feature that makes it easier to brainstorm by using Facebook.
“What would you do if you could have a complete snapshot of your business at any moment?”
If anyone has any suggestions, I would like to hear your comments.