By: Jolene Wiggins at 02:32 pm
Keeping up with my social (media) life can be a real challenge: I have 336 friends on Facebook, and over 500 connections on LinkedIn. For me, AIM is an invaluable business tool that I use every day. I really need to get my followers (11) up on Twitter, and I haven’t checked MySpace or Bebo in ages. If you’re under 30, my numbers aren’t particularly impressive. But I am, in fact, an early adopter and have had a social profile online with one-or-more social networks (does anyone remember Friendster?) since the early 2000s.
For the past year – through contract negotiations, product design, development, and eventual launch – I’ve been relying on Time Warner Cable’s Social One to stay connected with all of my social networks. Available as a downloadable application or Firefox browser add-on, Social One brings in every status update, every shared article, every instant message and pithy tweet into a single social stream that makes it easy for me to stay connected with my entire network – without visiting multiple social sites.
Here are just a few of the things that surfaced through Social One this week:
Is everything in my social stream relevant to me? Absolutely not. My social stream is a melting pot of news headlines, personal musings, and career updates generated by a melting pot of people – former classmates, post-college friends, and co-workers who have long since disappeared from my everyday life.
Pre-social media, we would have gradually lost touch, reconnecting at the occasional happy hour or by sheer coincidence. With Social One, I don’t miss out on the neighborhood news, still get the inside jokes, and can share in life’s little joys with old friends.
Despite my social enthusiasm, the trend toward over-sharing leaves me cold. If you’re an over-sharer, chances are that your posts go ignored by my social stream. But I’d guess that most social users are more like me. I keep my LinkedIn profile updated, and post to Facebook once in a while. My most recent pictures are over a year old. You can count my tweets on one hand. Yet I rely on my social networks to stay connected: Social One is – collectively – my interactive address book, personalized news broadcast, and the class reunion that doesn’t end.
You can download Time Warner Cable’s Social One at www.rr.com/socialone.