Friday, March 7, 2008

I am getting app'd out

Maddie and Ben have posted recently about Twitter and other applications.

I think I am officially app'd out. I am signed up for way too many different web-applications. I can't remember if I joined some of them or not. I test drove some for a few days, then forgot about them. I keep reading blog posts about new, cool ones. I even had a co-worker show me bubbl.us yesterday. Very neat.

However, I think I have reached my limit. Anyone else feeling that way? How do you keep track of all the apps you have out there? Oh wait, someone is going to respond with another app that brings them all together for you, right?

6 comments:

Joe Rominiecki said...

I'm nowhere near as tuned into the social media realm as you are Matt, yet I find myself faced by an interesting conundrum on this topic: When I was young, my father would tell me to go outside and play instead of staying in and watching TV or playing video/computer games. He tell me that "life was passing me by." Now, in my down time, when I choose to read a book, watch a movie, go to the gym, visit a museum, or take a stroll on the National Mall, I wonder, "Am I missing out on meeting people and networking b/c I'm not online on Facebook or LinkedIn right now?" And I'm a millennial. I'm supposed to be a Facebook junkie, but I feel guilty that I really don't care much for it. I think this is a similar feeling that you've expressed about being "app'd out." When did we get to this point?

Matt Baehr said...

You had a good Pickerington upbringing, so of course you were taught to go play outside.

Seriously though, besides those who write about them for a living, who has time to check out all these new cool apps and weave them into daily life. I am topping out at a few, and even then, many aren't daily.

There is an addiction factor to many of them, but there is also a burnout factor. I still play soccer 1-4 times a week (depending on the season). To me, it is the equivilant of getting off the school bus and running to the park to play basketball with my friends. For me, I would still rather do that than spend 2 hours on updating my Facebook page.

But, I also have fits where I want to spend time on ANPMP or this blog. Maybe I am just ADHD.

Ben Martin, CAE said...

Oh, I'm way overloaded, Matt. Still, I find things that are so easy and cool that it's hard to say no. The Utterz/Twitter mashup is just hard to resist. And Flock actually makes it easier to keep up with all the social web madness. So you add the things that make you more efficient. I'm also always looking for mobile apps or apps that work with the mobile web. Once it's set up, Utterz can be totally mobile. Facebook, twitter, and now linkedin all have mobile apps or mobile web apps. Now I can get my social media fix in the security line at the airport, in a taxi, between meetings, etc. Making good use of downtime is how I look at it.

Sue Pelletier said...

I'm app'd out, too. I feel like I have to give everything a try, but then it's too much work to keep up with it all, so I let most of it lapse.

I think we need to just pick whatever one or two or three apps we really like and forget about the rest. Until the next really cool thing comes along...

Emily said...

Not to throw another app at you - ha - but I actually work for a startup that's trying to bring all those apps (with passwords you can't remember, functionality that's useful but sometimes forgettable, etc) into one place. We're starting with aggregating Email, Facebook, and MySpace, but we've got plans to add a lot more of these apps so that you can go to one place to see all the things you care about. www.Fuser.com

Matt Baehr said...

Funny thing is, I wrote about Fuser here before. I have a friend on the Dev team.