Is social media making us ill?

Interesting conversation over on Stowe Boyd’s blog about Linda Stone’s points about Continuous Partial Attention. She says something interesting: that being in a continuous partial attention state all the time is making us ill. I believe it. I started working out about a week ago for the first time. You’ll probably notice me doing less and less online as I try to bring my health up (and catch up on email).

In response I’m offline for the next few days. Maryam and I are going to Cabo to speak to a PRSA meeting down there. Be back on Wednesday. Looking forward to being offline.

As to Flickr, what’s up with taking Violet Blue’s photos down?

Want a distraction? Last night I had dinner with Loic Le Meur, who is moving to San Francisco from Paris with his family and he filmed a video interview of me. I talk some smack back to Jason Calacanis. Hi Jason!

Anyway, have fun, see ya on Wednesday — if Akismet’s comment spam filter catches your comment, I probably won’t be able to approve it until then. I’ll be off cell phone too. Staying at the Westin.

90 thoughts on “Is social media making us ill?

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  2. See what happens after Vic starts there…

    Yeah, the trump card — but even Vic can’t reform that cult, heck even Zwingli or John Calvin couldn’t have. Even if a top-tier university, yet not an engineer, banished. My chips say he stay’s with Podtech until they run outta money. One trick pony company anyways.

  3. See what happens after Vic starts there…

    Yeah, the trump card — but even Vic can’t reform that cult, heck even Zwingli or John Calvin couldn’t have. Even if a top-tier university, yet not an engineer, banished. My chips say he stay’s with Podtech until they run outta money. One trick pony company anyways.

  4. I set myself a 30 day challenge two days ago.

    - Get up at 7am (by choice, first time ever)
    - Go for a run around the block
    - read for at least 30 minutes

    and I’ve started resiting sitting in front of the computer for certain time periods.. these blogs get quite addictive.. Thanks for the link.. I really dig the idea of ‘flow’

    Paul

  5. I set myself a 30 day challenge two days ago.

    - Get up at 7am (by choice, first time ever)
    - Go for a run around the block
    - read for at least 30 minutes

    and I’ve started resiting sitting in front of the computer for certain time periods.. these blogs get quite addictive.. Thanks for the link.. I really dig the idea of ‘flow’

    Paul

  6. “I believe he’s already tried to no avail.
    I believe too ))”

    See what happens after Vic starts there…

  7. “I believe he’s already tried to no avail.
    I believe too ))”

    See what happens after Vic starts there…

  8. Robert:

    I hope you continue to write about your efforts to improve your health! While many of us love reading the blog, I (like others) also share the challenge and priority health has in our lives! I started blogging about my effort as a way to track my progress.

    I hope there’s more blogging around this topic in the future!

  9. Robert:

    I hope you continue to write about your efforts to improve your health! While many of us love reading the blog, I (like others) also share the challenge and priority health has in our lives! I started blogging about my effort as a way to track my progress.

    I hope there’s more blogging around this topic in the future!

  10. “Kiko got sold for $250K, if I remember right.”
    Wooooowww…. :/
    There were like 6 people on that project if I remember correctly. It was picked up by Tucows.

    The point is, more often than not hyping a website in the crosshairs of both MS and Google means it is an instant and gratuitous target. Our concept site will never be on your blog, but if in some nightmare theoretical situation it was it would mean the end of it for sure. The instant Google or MS thinks they found important new functionality you’re done. Whether it be by premature buy out or not. It’s only my opinion, but the more attention you draw to something prematurely, the worse it is.

  11. “Kiko got sold for $250K, if I remember right.”
    Wooooowww…. :/
    There were like 6 people on that project if I remember correctly. It was picked up by Tucows.

    The point is, more often than not hyping a website in the crosshairs of both MS and Google means it is an instant and gratuitous target. Our concept site will never be on your blog, but if in some nightmare theoretical situation it was it would mean the end of it for sure. The instant Google or MS thinks they found important new functionality you’re done. Whether it be by premature buy out or not. It’s only my opinion, but the more attention you draw to something prematurely, the worse it is.

  12. Chris: StumbleUpon got bought by eBay. Koral got bought by Salesforce. Blinkx just went IPO. JotSpot got bought by Google. I thought there’s another company that I’ve interviewed get bought by Google too, might have just been thinking about one of the others, but don’t have time to go through my whole list. Tons of companies got funded after they were on my show, though.

  13. Chris: StumbleUpon got bought by eBay. Koral got bought by Salesforce. Blinkx just went IPO. JotSpot got bought by Google. I thought there’s another company that I’ve interviewed get bought by Google too, might have just been thinking about one of the others, but don’t have time to go through my whole list. Tons of companies got funded after they were on my show, though.

  14. “Chris (#34): several of the companies that I’ve hyped up and had on ScobleShow.com have been purchased by Google.”

    I’m not sure which ones those are, but I do know that Google in fact trolls your blog as does MS. I will be releasing our new concept site from Canix under a pseudonym and under secrecy to avoid getting kiko’d ( yes I just made that a verb, I want credit )

    The idea is always to fly under the rader until it’s too late for the big guys. Otherwise if you do get purchased it will be for pennies on the dollar.

    Somebody wrote me reminding me that I shouldn’t be working on weekends. He had a good point.

  15. “Chris (#34): several of the companies that I’ve hyped up and had on ScobleShow.com have been purchased by Google.”

    I’m not sure which ones those are, but I do know that Google in fact trolls your blog as does MS. I will be releasing our new concept site from Canix under a pseudonym and under secrecy to avoid getting kiko’d ( yes I just made that a verb, I want credit )

    The idea is always to fly under the rader until it’s too late for the big guys. Otherwise if you do get purchased it will be for pennies on the dollar.

    Somebody wrote me reminding me that I shouldn’t be working on weekends. He had a good point.

  16. Actually it turned out more of a “meet the brilliant person behind VMWare” type of thing.

    I wouldn’t expect anything less. Puff piece fluff-up-the-egos infomericals, cull them together and buy some late night Cable TV time, you’d get zillions more watchers that way over Podtech anyways.

  17. Actually it turned out more of a “meet the brilliant person behind VMWare” type of thing.

    I wouldn’t expect anything less. Puff piece fluff-up-the-egos infomericals, cull them together and buy some late night Cable TV time, you’d get zillions more watchers that way over Podtech anyways.

  18. I also wanted to point out, that as somebody about to release a high traffic YCombinator type concept in about 2 months, Scoble publicity is just about the last thing you want. As Mark Lucovsky pointed out, Google reads Scoble’s blog.

    So instead of silently growing your user base, having it highlighted here means that Google is instantly going to clone it if it has any worth. Before you can get it well known enough to make Google’s seem like a clone, just like kiko.

    The sites that actually made it were never blogged about in the initial stages. Sites like MySpace, and Youtube amongst others were never mentioned by bloggers in their early stages. They were silently *used* by lots of people in the background of the internet. Keeping the signal low until their brand was sewn to the concept.

    I don’t want to say that getting A-blogged is a death sentence for a startup, but it doesn’t help.

  19. I also wanted to point out, that as somebody about to release a high traffic YCombinator type concept in about 2 months, Scoble publicity is just about the last thing you want. As Mark Lucovsky pointed out, Google reads Scoble’s blog.

    So instead of silently growing your user base, having it highlighted here means that Google is instantly going to clone it if it has any worth. Before you can get it well known enough to make Google’s seem like a clone, just like kiko.

    The sites that actually made it were never blogged about in the initial stages. Sites like MySpace, and Youtube amongst others were never mentioned by bloggers in their early stages. They were silently *used* by lots of people in the background of the internet. Keeping the signal low until their brand was sewn to the concept.

    I don’t want to say that getting A-blogged is a death sentence for a startup, but it doesn’t help.

  20. ““Then you joined Microsoft. Now every other post of yours is about Google. Could it be that …”

    I believe he’s already tried to no avail.”
    I believe too ))

  21. ““Then you joined Microsoft. Now every other post of yours is about Google. Could it be that …”

    I believe he’s already tried to no avail.”
    I believe too ))

  22. “I guess if Chris was around in 1984 he would have said the Mac was all hype too.”

    I was around. I was on my Commodore64. I didn’t give a crap about Mac. I still don’t give a crap about Mac. Most of the old Commodore users later used Amiga, and now use Linux. hmmmm…

    “Nearly my entire blog was about Microsoft stuff.”

    You may not have been *employed* by Microsoft, but you were certainly an MVP, and getting employed by Microsoft was ultimately your goal.

    “Then you joined Microsoft. Now every other post of yours is about Google. Could it be that …”

    I believe he’s already tried to no avail.

  23. Seshadri: Vic is starting soon, if I remember when his non-compete ends.

    Rocky: I have a keynote tomorrow so will abstain from doing such things. You don’t show up hungover with 200 of the world’s top PR people in the audience. That’ll doom you forever! :-)

    But, I’m having fun.

    20weblogs: VMWare is pretty cool. Actually it turned out more of a “meet the brilliant person behind VMWare” type of thing. I think you’ll really like it. They are announcing a new version tomorrow, though, and it’s pretty good.

  24. Seshadri: Vic is starting soon, if I remember when his non-compete ends.

    Rocky: I have a keynote tomorrow so will abstain from doing such things. You don’t show up hungover with 200 of the world’s top PR people in the audience. That’ll doom you forever! :-)

    But, I’m having fun.

    20weblogs: VMWare is pretty cool. Actually it turned out more of a “meet the brilliant person behind VMWare” type of thing. I think you’ll really like it. They are announcing a new version tomorrow, though, and it’s pretty good.

  25. “I guess if Chris was around in 1984 he would have said the Mac was all hype too.”

    I was around. I was on my Commodore64. I didn’t give a crap about Mac. I still don’t give a crap about Mac. Most of the old Commodore users later used Amiga, and now use Linux. hmmmm…

    “Nearly my entire blog was about Microsoft stuff.”

    You may not have been *employed* by Microsoft, but you were certainly an MVP, and getting employed by Microsoft was ultimately your goal.

    “Then you joined Microsoft. Now every other post of yours is about Google. Could it be that …”

    I believe he’s already tried to no avail.

  26. “Nearly my entire blog was about Microsoft stuff”

    Then you joined Microsoft. Now every other post of yours is about Google. Could it be that …

    On an completely unrelated note, When is your former boss, Vic, starting at google?

  27. “Nearly my entire blog was about Microsoft stuff”

    Then you joined Microsoft. Now every other post of yours is about Google. Could it be that …

    On an completely unrelated note, When is your former boss, Vic, starting at google?

  28. Chris: go back and read my blog before I was employed by Microsoft. Nearly my entire blog was about Microsoft stuff. I was always talking about them back then, before I was getting a paycheck from them. In fact, talk to Dave Winer. Back when I was working for him he got mad at me cause I talked about Microsoft so much.

  29. Chris: go back and read my blog before I was employed by Microsoft. Nearly my entire blog was about Microsoft stuff. I was always talking about them back then, before I was getting a paycheck from them. In fact, talk to Dave Winer. Back when I was working for him he got mad at me cause I talked about Microsoft so much.

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