The smartphone power many hold in the palm of their hand comes with great sharing responsibility responsibility. Every day emails, tweets, posts, likes and pictures bombard our attention. It takes seconds to fire off an email, post a picture to Facebook or instagram, or share the latest YouTube video. This power comes with responsibility. The ease of sharing leaves out an important consideration:
- Should you post?
- What’s the goal?
- What benefit will your intended audience gain?
- Do you even have an intended audience?
I love photo sharing sites. The community, immediacy and education are quite beneficial for me. Imagine a world where, instead of people sharing every single picture they thought was cool, that instead they share only the BEST of what they created. This is subjective to be sure, but consider the impact of deliberate sharing. Considered sharing. Sharing the best, on purpose. What would happen to quality? What would happen to the standards of the community over all?
Now some of us do this, but I ask what if we ALL did?
I keep having a conversation with my grandmother. She is unhappy with the quality of our relationship. She lives 2,000 miles away in Anchorage and I am here in Seattle. She thinks that I exclude her, and don’t discuss anything of substance with her. She mentions I don’t discuss my interests, friends, etc.
In my mind, for the entire time that I have known her, she hasn’t remembered the names of any girlfriends, childhood friends, or interests. I love movies. She hasn’t been in a theater in decades and wouldn’t know a DVD from a CD if her life depended on it. This is a disincentive to mentioning any of those things. We lack an opportunity for proximity unless I make the trek to AK. She wasnt at any of my graduations, be it highschool or college. That behavior is fine. What isnt fine is behaving as if a phone based relationship is going to be the same as if I was around her everyday.
I hit her with the best example I know of, photography. I have over the last 10 years taken thousands of photographs. The bulk of them are online. She doesn’t have an email address. , she is 76. Change is something that is opt in for her. That said, I can only bear so much of the burden for the style, quality and frequency of our communication. Frankly, I don’t have to do what I currently do, which is talk to her every other day. I don’t talk to my FRIENDS that frequently.
I did the best I could to share my point of view with her in a respectful way. This is in large part to my recent effort to hold in my mind “What else could this mean?” when I run into challenging situations. I chose to believe that she truly wants to connect with me, and feels like I am cutting her out. There is a way to achieve what she wants, closeness. It will take effort on her part, and therein lies the rub.
Seriously. An email address. Even the GEICO cavemen have email. They text on mobile phones. Not cordless phones mind you, but MOBILE PHONES. I am Marty McFly, and she is my Biff Tannen.
So its May, and we just broke 70 degrees. Here are 5 things I’ve enjoyed and think you might to.
Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness The interviews in this are just killer.
Hunger Games I rarely read fiction books, but this was a fun story. The first book of a trilogy.
The email game I hate email. You hate email. The email game makes it fun and gets your inbox to zero.
Hipmunk You need a vacation, so find a flight and get going.
Backblaze It’s 5 bucks a month. Its unlimited backup. You don’t have to configure a thing.
There you have it, 5 things I wanted to share. Check it out.
*UPDATE* 2/1/2011 A caveat dear reader, you may save more or less depending on your current situation. You may not save much of anything if you are currently on a corporate sponsored plan via your employer. MY APOLOGIES MATT. -Sean
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I love optimizing as much as I love saving money. Give me a system, a tangible thing, or an idea and I will find a way to make it better. In this post I will show you several quick ways save a minimum of $20. Im just putting cash in your pocket, so read on.
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Thank me later.