Thursday, July 07, 2011
We live in a society now where information literally is at our finger tips every second. If you have a question about ANYTHING you can have an answer within seconds. Or I guess I should say I can. I reach into my pocket, grab my Iphone, pull up Safari and type into google whatever I need to know and within seconds I have my answer. Or, for free I can call anyone in the U.S. (if I have minutes on my plan) and they will answer my question. You get the idea.
But with access to so much information we tend to not even look at much of it. For example, when I take time to share links with people, I don't know if they ever read them. Today there is a MOFAS (Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) Newsletter ready for you to read it by clicking here. But are you going to click it?
I'm not THAT old and I can remember 15 years ago really getting excited about an online resource because there just weren't as many then. Now everyone seems to have a newsletter or a website or a blog and because there is so much information there just isn't time to read it all.
In fact, only 15 of you had time to help me choose the name for my next book and all it would take is a three seconds of time to move your eyes over to the column over there -----------------> and read the four choices and click one. I extended the deadline of the poll becuase I really would like some feedback. I'm not sold on any of them...... SO...... help me out, will ya. I can't exactly make a decision like that based on the opinions of 15 anonymous people, can I? So please make it at least 30 anonymous people because THAT would be scientific evidence, wouldn't it? (Don't you love sarcasm?)
If you help me out, you can give me one online way to help you out and I"ll do it.... Or, if you don't want to vote and you'd rather write a book review or order a book or become my friend on Facebook or Linked In or follow me on Twitter or ....
SEE???? information overload. We are going to get hyper-researched like my friend Kari Coffee if we aren't careful.. In fact, the picture above is entitled "Social Media Hyper-Users." I am not even close to being a hyper-user of social media and yet I gave you all the options above.
But in reality, it isn't the internet that is the issue. Bart accidentally ordered two copies of a book entitled, "Book Lust." Now THAT is funny.
So, what can I do for you online today?