There’s a thoughtful post by Jeffrey Zeldman (along with many equally thoughtful comments) about how the growth of social networking sites like del.icio.us, flickr, and twitter have led to an identity crisis of sorts for the traditional personal home page.
I have similar feelings. As more and more of my digital snail trail winds up “out there”, it’s less clear what should live on my own home page, and also less clear that others will want to visit it, given how much else is now “out there”. I started a personal web site seanboisen.com, because i got tired of having bits of personal identity scattered around. I wanted to have one place that i controlled where i could link to my own information (without getting trapped inside one of the many walled gardens like LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.). But it takes work (so it’s not complete), and i’m not completely happy with the result (but haven’t found the time to make it better). And despite my own semantic neatnik tendencies to ensure everything has a proper URI for reference, if you want to know something about me, you’re just as likely to use some variant of googling my name, and just as likely to find what you want that way.
My blog is where i share more transient thoughts: but, as noted in several comments to Zeldman’s post, blog fatigue sets in after a while, and it’s hard to keep up the pace. I still occasionally post things to SemanticBible that i hope will have lasting value, though these days that’s mostly slides from presentations. I haven’t gotten into Twitter (though Patrick keeps encouraging me) because i’m not sure i’m ready for that velocity or volume of activity. If anything, i’d like to turn down the volume and slow down the pace, not jack it up. As the Preacher said
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing. (Eccl 1:8, ESV)
Every new involvement with a social networking site raises these issues again: where does my digital identity live? (the latest for me is Twine: i have some beta invitations, email me if you want one)