Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Twitter and Facebook aren't working

I had a phone conversation with a Facebook friend, Chris Saad, last week. In that conversation, I found out what Chris does. I also found out that he did not know what I do. Yet, I feel I know him, and I think to some extent he feels he knows me.

Yet all the tweeting and facebooking I've been doing about my various projects has gone for naught. When he found out what I do, and vice versa, we found that there was a lot we have in common! We should be collaborating, I felt.

So I wanted to leave you with this little thought. We may think we're being informed by these great social media tools, but more likely we're being fed. High fructose emotional rage medicine. Here's the next thing to be angry about. And the next and the next and so on. Facebook is a bit nicer. I can see Chris lives in a lovely apartment and has a sweet girlfriend (no sarcasm). Lots to admire there. But something is seriously missing.

I would really like to solve this problem. To use the great networking tools we have to their fullest potential. So we can really get to know the people we connect with, if that's what we want. And that is very much what I want.

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By Dave Winer, Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.