Too Much Social Networking? Try NOSO

Too many “friends” (who are not really friends)? Can’t make toast w/o posting that as a twitter update? yourInbox full of bacn? Perhaps you are coming down with Social Network Fatigue… I lost track of some links form some recent edu bloggers mentioning the dread of “too much stuff”.

I’m writing to tell you… I really do not have an answer or a cure. And even worse, the torrent of new “stuff” is going to continue to flow at faster rates. This topic is right at the heart of my “Being There” presentations coming to several of my stops (have no fears, if you miss it, I will have slides and audio posted).

I face the situation daily myself- bottom line, you do not have to “keep up”- what you ought to do is “keep up” on a segment, a topic, a technology that matters to you now, and “keep up” your network of other people looking elsewhere. And find that balance in your lives. Go offline. Go outside.

With that, I had a smile coming across the “NOSO” project

NOSO icon

NOSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

These “NO” events, called NOSOs, take place in designated cafe’s, parks, libraries, bookstores, and other public spaces. Participants –whose identities remain unknown to one another — agree to arrive at an assigned time and remain alone, quiet and un-connected, while at the same time knowing that another “Friend” is present in the space.

NOSOs are scheduled by users through the NOSO website. They last for a duration of 1 – 30 minutes, after which participants disperse and return to their regular activities.

So it is a social network about not social networking!

A tip of the blog hat to Beth Kanter for this link -Beth is a tireless web 2.0 user, presenter, and evangleist in the realm of using technology to support the efforts of non-profit organizations. Beth’s Blog is well worth tossing in the aggregator. Uh oh, something else online to take up your time!

I may mention this somewhere in the stream of presentations- when you see some of us glitzy technology champion presentations, and if we talk about “technology saving you time”, it is a lie.

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