Yahoo! 360 is yet another entry into the whole online social networking fray. The Yahoo application is an everything but the kitchen sink roll-up of web-based services, which is easy for them of course, since they offer all these services to begin with: Share pictures! IM! Decide which profiles your friends can see! Best of all, they encourage you to start your very own.. blog! Fantastic!
I don’t know about you, but I need another blog like I need a hole in the head. I have a hard enough time keeping up here, and only get to post to the gallery blog sporadically at best.
Also my friends, friends of friends and friends of friends of friends are everywhere: Flickr, Fotolog, Friendster, (where I am apparently part of some art world cabal, news to me!), LinkedIn and others that I am sure I’m leaving out. Then on top of it there are blogrolls, “social” bookmarks and the 100+ people on my AIM buddy list. And let’s not forget the grandaddy of them all, my geek badge of honor: my membership to The Well. I am feeling all networked out!
All these tools are useful for different reasons. For me, IM is the most indispensible of them all. But one of the things I’ve noticed about all this online connectedness is that it ultimately can have the effect of disconnecting me from my real life world.
My laptop has been at Tekserve for well over a week now (grr.) and it’s been a horrible inconvenience, but I have to say, there is certainly some merit to being a bit less plugged in.
But back to the Yahoo! thing – I have 100 invites! So, if you’re not experiencing network fatigue, or like me, you’re always curious about the latest entries into this arena, send me an email and I’ll send you an invite. (as always: jen AT unbeige DOT com)