Social network overload
What social networks do I belong to? Let me see...
MySpace. Ning Classroom 2.0. Facebook. Ning EdubloggerWorld. LinkedIn. Ning Stop Cyberbullying. The blogosphere. The Did You Know? 2.0 wiki community. And my burgeoning list of Twitter friends. And the folks in my Skype and other instant messaging networks. And also my only-sometimes-electronic personal and professional networks: other professors, principals, superintendents, technology coordinators, assessment coordinators, former students, friends, family. And so on... (do listservs count? Second Life? my classes in WebCT?)
A few things are becoming clear to me about all of this social networking that is occurring:
I need to get over my worry that I'm going to miss something. I'm saying no to the next social network invitation I get. I don't care if it's the "People who want to give Scott McLeod a million dollars" network. Sorry. My brain is full.
P.S. #4 is really important.
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