When going thru my career “hiccup” over a year ago, I was pointed toward “LinkedIn” by a former childhood/high school pal as a possible method of networking my way to a new job. It led nowhere. I see there are other business networking sites (Ryze, Ecademy, etc.) performing similar functions. At this rate the challenge is going to be how to network together all the networking sites. I think online journals face the same challenge. Too many people spread across an ever increasing number of websites. I’m not naive enough to think that LJ is the center of the web universe. (nor is the web the center of the “real” universe) There are plenty of blog/journal site. (Blogger, Blurty, Xanga, Diaryland, Typepad) However, few of them seem to offer easy access to people (or should I say online personas?) with similar interests. I don’t totally mind reading every minute detail of a blogger’s life as long as we occasionally break thru and make online contact.
At one of the sites I searched for several interests listed in my LJ profile. I received the following response each time-
Searched for “XXXXXX”
I know nothing of this “XXXXXX” of which you speak. Despite the enormous breadth, depth and obscurity of the (name of blog site) posts over the years, your oddball query has us stumped. Have you considered the possibility that “XXXXXX” is a nonsense phrase that is the product of your fevered imagination? Cos that’s my bet.
Oh well. So LJ still seems the best online place to be. (which gives me an idea for my next post so stay tuned)