Being on the computer for more hours than I am not in a day, I’d like to think…whoa, wait. Is that true? Am I really on the computer more hours than I am not? Holy shit. Wow, I need to assess this… but not right now. I’m not sure if you want to see me having an awkward lecture with myself right now. I notice that when I do such things in public, it makes people uncomfortable.
So, being on the computer an ass ton, I’d like to think that I’m pretty Internet savvy. I tweet the living shit out of everything and turned into one of those assholes who has over 1000 friends on Facebook for no reason. I kind of use LinkedIn, I enjoyed StumbleUpon for about 5 minutes, and I’d like to start a Kickstarter page to fund production on my screenplay about a family of Jewish chimpanzees who start a yoga studio in Minneapolis.
However, there is one social media platform that I just haven’t warmed up to and that is location-based social networking.
What’s the big dealio, yo? Do people really like making announcements about every freakin’ place that they go to? “Lauren Modery- is crouching behind a dumpster at Whataburger” or “Lauren Modery- is taking a dump at her house.” Do people really need to know what the hell I’m doing every day? I know I certainly don’t care that you just checked into another bar to drink your life away or checked into some hoity toity restaurant for the sole purpose to announce to everyone on your social media profiles that you checked into a hoity toity restaurant.
Now let me start by saying that I’m not knocking location-based social networking. One of the pioneers of said medium is based in Austin and I have mad props for them and the folks who work there. Though I may not understand what you do, I do respect your innovation and ambition.
I guess I’m just like my 84 year-old Grandma who doesn’t understand these “newfangled thingy-ma-jigs” that are taking over the Internet. Shit, I felt like a huuuuge loser during SXSW wandering through lines and crowds of people waiting to get into the hot location-based social networking events. I overheard people talking about special “badges” they could collect during SXSW and my Facebook and Twitter feeds blew up with what everyone is doing. In that case, I understand the purpose of location-based social networking. We’re all at a huge event and it’s easy to keep tabs on each other this way. However, outside of the SXSWs or other major events and festivals, what the heck is the point? I certainly don’t feel comfortable announcing to people on my social media profiles- some who I may or may not know- that I’m getting $2 fish tacos at Quality Seafood. I feel like I’m saying, “Hey, for potentially becoming “mayor” of this fine establishment, I’d like to encourage you to break into my house because I am not there right now. Feelings of grandeur or losing all of my valuables? I think I know which one wins!”
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m getting old and cranky and burnt out on all this social media stuff (says the person who has tweeted over 8,500 times). Is it me? What am I missing? Tell me! I want to know!