Buddy List Envy

June 19, 2003

in Social Software, Strategic Foresight

 I have to confess… I’m envious of my daughter’s (11) buddylist. I’m also fascinated how AIM adoption amongst all her friends in the last year is changing communications patterns.   I don’t think I’ve ever had six or more buddy screens open at the same time.  Yet for her it’s common place and I think she loses interest when it is less than three.   Of her list 96% are from her year which means about 50% of the kids in fifth grade are on her list.  Is it the norm?  How would I know. No matter it changes how I communicate with my kids.  IM is great and makes me more accessible. 


So when I saw this link via Many to Many and Clay Shirky.  Social Software How Instant Messaging Augments Conversations I followed it though to Stewart Butterfield.  There are more appropriate references there.  Still in the context of my daughter this helped.


“Part of this is because it is OK to not answer an IM until you are ready

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