Anyone going to the DC BlogHer event next weekend? I’m interested in meeting people, but am not sure that I want to spend the $100 they’re charging for the actually conference. Cecily is organizing a dinner for the night before so I may just go to that.
Phantom Scribbler posted today, asking where the cool kids are hanging out these days. I told her I didn’t know, but I agreed that I’m finding less sense of community in the blogosphere these days. I’m still writing, and still reading, but commenting less, and getting involved in fewer long conversations. I’m still on a bunch of listservs too, but I’m wondering how much this is a matter of habit, rather than something that’s still important to me.
Phantom did convince me to sign up for Facebook, which I had been resisting. I guess I’m an old fogie or something.* I know, I’ve been hearing for years about how popular it is, but I was still shocked when it told me that there were 588 people in my gmail address book who had Facebook accounts. I only attempted to friend about 50 of them, but that’s still a lot. Obviously, not everyone who has a facebook account actually uses it, but 28 people use it enough to respond to my request to friend them within 9 hours.
* This summer, I decided that a good description of my precise state of being almost but not quite up-to-date is that I watched Dr Horrible, but I heard about it first on NPR. Similarly, I’ve been blogging for four years, but this is the first social networking site I’ve joined.