I was nodding my head in agreement over the time it takes to carry out the sort of tasks he mentions -
- reading, researching, subscribing, commenting.
- digging, bumping, favoriting, faming, fuelling, stumbling, submitting, tagging, dobbing* , befriending. If I have missed out a particular term used by a social networking site, please let me know.
The following don't take me much time unfortunately as Alister has not met a lot more people than I have not met.
- commenting, thanking for comments, commenting on comments, researching the best way to comment, thank for comments and comment on comments…..
My head is spinning so I advise you to read Alister's eloquent article instead. Please come back and visit me though - after many years online some of my best friends are those I have never met. (I could really do with the practice in thanking for comments too)
*NB - to my knowledge no one has come up with the social networking term of 'dobbing' as yet but it is my definition of being dobbed in for memes, communal writing projects etc. A much friendlier definition than the one I found on Answers.com An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do.