Seems like every web site is about user generated content…unleashing the creativity within.
In the olden days (if two to three years ago can be called ‘the olden days’) web site owners were responsible for creating content. Remember. A successful site was ‘content rich’. Good content would keep people coming back.
Now a good web site needs a friendly, interactive interface that facilitates community building…what the? It needs to provide the tools for the visitor to create and share their own content with other like minded people. Are we all egocentric maniacs or are we doing what we’ve always done, which is, talk about ourselves to whoever will listen?
How many internet journals does one person really need? How many online communities can one person belong to before they run out of ‘me’ references? Can we really talk about ourselves forever?
Look at me. Look at me. I create art. I write articles. I design web sites. I make videos. I can do anything I set my mind to because I’m me.
Friendship becomes a series of emails, journal entries, sound bites, video grabs and tagged information until finally the need for real human interaction pushes you to reach out. Which community will experience the ‘real’ you? The one that doesn’t share nearly as much information in person as you would online?
I think perhaps I’m all journaled out? Do I really need another few hundred friends who sit silent on a list in my profile? Why do these people add me to their friends list and then never interact with me?
Have I not left enough stones unturned? Are they getting too much of me whether they want to or not?
Do they know so much about me that there is nothing left to ask?
Do I even matter to them?