Me: Hey Virtual Christian Dumais! You there?
Virtual CD: Duh! Always.
Me: Oh, right.
Virtual CD: What can I help you with?
Me: I had quite an insight yesterday.
Virtual CD: Oh?
Me: I was thinking about all the things I read, especially on Twitter, and how much time I spend learning about the world. For a long time I was trying to find a twitter app and/or client that would remember where I was/what was the last tweet I read so that when I came back to it, I could keep up and not miss anything. I was simply overwhelmed with all the tweets, even more so when something major happened like anything significant around Wikileaks/Julian Assange. If I missed a day, it felt like I’d never get caught up. After a month or two I decided to only reading the last 12hrs of events. Part of the problem was that I am on the other side of the world from where most of the tweets/events have happened, so I am always behind as far as tweets go. I then started to try to pare down the number of people I was following. This still wasn’t enough. Upon reflection of this process as a whole I found a thought that struck me as being significant. If you aren’t creating or adding to the world, you are simply part of the noise and not the source. I have had enough of being just part of the background noise.
Virtual CD: <snoring> Huh? Oh….yeah…It is nice being part of the creative/active side rather than the passive/receptive side. Good insight.
Me: Well, nice chatting with you.
Virtual CD: You mean YOU right?
Me: uh, yeah…kinda, I guess.