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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Web whore 2.0


DISCLAIMER: Please excuse the title of this post, but it was the best way to describe my latest attempts at visibility on the World Wide Web. Also, if nothing else, it's me making fun of myself in a rather brazen and self-deprecating manner; it isn't meant to offend anyone else. If you are offended, please refrain from reading any further and direct yourself away from this post, or this blog in its entirety. I sincerely apologize for unwittingly hurting anybody's feelings.

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People have been asking me to get on Facebook for the longest time now, and for some reason I've resisted this recommendation tooth-and-nail. Like I talked about my experiences with Orkut in an earlier post, I seem to be rather unwilling to engage in random social networking, for reasons yet unknown to myself. Having said that, allow me to briefly describe my earlier attempts at self-publicity on the Web.

Fresh out of high school, and newly armed with the ability to stay in touch with friends and former classmates with a newly created Hotmail address, I quickly went about creating a whole series of email addresses on all sorts of domains. It was free, and having email addresses on domains like "trustme.com" seemed mildly amusing. I think I had 12 email addresses that kept me occupied, and kept others guessing about how to reach me, and perhaps, if I was serious about keeping in touch in the first place. No matter, because I wanted to be reachable at all costs. Obviously, it would've been easier to create a website, but being HTML illiterate and otherwise uninitiated in website design, this didn't even appear on my list of things to do. This, I would like to call my Web whore 1.0 avatar.

With the advent of Blogger, it seemed to me to be a boon of some kind because it didn't require much else save for a "fire-and-forget" approach to web publishing. The email addresses from my earlier avatar were reduced to two functional addresses. However, with the appearance of social networking sites, it seemed like something else I wanted to dabble in. Unfortunately, the first experience left a lot to be desired, and a bad taste in the mouth.

Since then, I seem to have identified a service that is professional in its approach, LinkedIn.com, and most recently, an online, teaching website called WiZiQ.com. You can see that I've included logos for both in the sidebar, but in doing so, I immediately found myself asking, "What next?" How many sites will I ultimately flaunt my wares on? What prompts me to do this? And why this sudden urge for increased visibility? Am I not better off standing on a street corner, showing some leg? What next? And that's when this phrase seemed to jump up at me.

Where will this all end? I don't know. But I do know that when this idea crept into my large, vacuous cranium, it seemed to be a great source of amusement to me. Hence, this post. Sorry for hurting any feelings, but it was too funny to resist posting. Hope you see the sense of humor in this. Thank you for reading this through all the way to the end. And no, that little spider is not meant to be me...
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