Sigh, well I see I’m not the only one who noticed that some of us were a little more concerned about meeting people based on their technorati rating, rather than having a meaningful conversation. Lord knows, I was guilty of at least one OMG, vanity tweet during the conference (maybe there were more, but I don’t want to know about it). That was the reason for my last post on In Practice, and exactly WHY I did not name drop in that post. I realized about Tuesday or so, that I was not liking some of what I was seeing both in myself and others. Rather than talk about others, I made a choice to change my behavior and talk about ideas, instead of folks with good technorati ratings.
We all have to protect our time. Look at what Scott is saying about how overwhelming it all is with all that information, and face-to-face interactions on top of it. I just concentrated on the sessions, meeting people, and twitter, in that order. My reader is full, I haven’t really looked at the NECC 2008 Ning, and that’s what’s kept me sane (that and naps).
Who knows, maybe Scott was concerned about me stalking him, although I think we had agreed to talk at NECC prior to going there, and we have a long running practice of me asking for his time, and making arrangements. I do that, not because he is “famous” but because he is very busy as a professor and father, and time is a finite resource. Still, I think Scott made a mistake in how he framed this particular problem, and I saw something similar happen on my staff this year, when someone talked about a particular shortcoming they saw in some staff members, and didn’t mention who is was. When you drop a bomb like that post, people begin to wonder, “was that me he was talking about?”
What I think we all need to ask ourselves when we have a conversation with others is this, is it about your vanity (and/or theirs) or is it to share something of substance, or just have fun (the last two are what we should be aiming for)? If it’s the former, you’re not just wasting a FB’s time, you’re wasting your time, and that is a precious commodity. Treat it with some respect.