Two Fundamental Things Wrong with Social Networks

There are many things wrong with social networks and I won’t cover all of them here. But I’d like to address two. Productivity Tech really shines when it comes to making tasks more efficient. But I don’t want my relationships to be more efficient! There was a time before social networks where I had lists in my head of people I would call daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. I didn’t realize this happening, but the more I got entrenched in social networks, the less I made these calls.

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Example #1: Augmenting Ozh’s Twitter Archiver

Last week I spoke at WordCamp NYC and demonstrated various ways you can augment your site by replacing or just importing various services you use. The first service on the chopping block was Twitter. “I’m not about to delete my account, but wouldn’t I wouldn’t want to lose the thousands of witticisms I’ve tweeted over the years, if it shut down. Also, can _you _search your Twitter history? I can.

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