As much as I love sharing and openness, increasingly my most satisfying Internet experiences involved closed, or semi-closed communities. Email list-servs, communal chats, Google Circles, “personal networks” like Path are where I’m having my highest value conversations. I still like the public platform of Twitter and need the functionality of email, but closed, trusted networks enable a depth of sharing, confidence and community that I don’t see on the wild, wild west of the Internet.
- Circles in Google+ enables has accelerated this flexible sharing for me. This month, Hangouts have become a key tool for internal work conversations. Twice I’ve done hangouts to my Circles, resulting in spontaneous, productive conversations.
- Kindle Profiles allows for a set of (managed) conversations about books that I did not have previously.
- I wish Evernote could be less of a personal, and more of a communal, tool.
- Someday our children will look back at the centrality of email in our lives and it will all seem funny.