. . . Monday November 2, 2009

A Forum for Anything and Everything

In a recent and in depth look at the problems with chat rooms and forums (posters often ultimately ruin both) Robert Scoble uses Twitter as an example of a cleaner user experience. As an example, he quotes a user who shared the nearly blow by blow account of someone who died tragically.

Scoble makes the following points about the series of posts on this event.

Tragic, my heart is out to everyone involved.

What do you NOT see?

You don’t see any stupid YouTube-style commenters making light of the situation. You don’t see anyone posting pictures that would be inappropriate.

You don’t see anyone entering a conversation that should be viewed on its own in its own totality.

Twitter does NOT have the chat room/forum problem.

The analysis of the chat room/forum problem is probably spot on. But what about the issue not addressed here?

Do we really need to be sharing these kinds of details on our microblogs?

Everyone of course has the freedom to share or not to share as much as they see fit. But the trend of over-sharing has gained massive momentum of late, and I wonder if enough people even question what toll this new M.O. for communication is having on our psyches.

I am positive that “none” is not the answer to that question.

Concentration is important!