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why I need Flock like a hole in the head

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So the other day I tumblred about Flock, this fancy-schmancy Firefox-based browser which makes Web 2.0ing even awesomer.

Sounds, sweet, right?

I remembered I needed to (yesh, needed to) (yes, I meant, ‘yesh’ — isn’t it a great word? I heart it) check this Flock thing out when I was reading about Steven Colbert’s fabulous five-word Webbys acceptance speech and they mentioned Flock’s, too:

No sh**, we beat Facebook?

How can you not love that?

I downloaded it last night and had a play around. I added my Fb profile, my Twitter account, my Digg account, my Flickr profile… The thought of having all those babies linked up and rightthere seemed like the best. Thing. Ever. Add Gmail, add my RSS feeds, then flick and swish and I’m Flocked!

Right?

Wrong.

The more I worked on setting it up, the less interested I got. Maybe it was being all slow and stuff because I was using my mobem (mobile as modem, geddit? I’m awesome. Someone’s probably already said it, whatever, I can’t be arsed googling it), but Gmail would not load (still won’t, btw) and the thought of going through to add my Google Reader feeds, which have been neglected for ages and are all spiderwebbing all over the shop, highly bored me.

Guess what? I don’t think I am as addicted to Web 2.0 as I thought.

Sure, I try to post here as often as possible, but that’s mainly ’cause I like writing stuff, I check my Fb regularly, but that’s ’cause I fricking love Facebook, but aside from checking my Reader occasionally and scanning Twitter and Gmail via iGoogle throughout the day, plus a ThisNext update once a week or so… that’s about it.

Is that a lot? Probably. And in any event… I do not have time for much else.

I am so over Plurk, cause it takes way too much time to interact with people (two of whom I know, and have also not posted since they signed up) and you know what? Eff Karma, I don’t care if it goes down if you don’t plurk, I don’t have time for that crap, I’m way to freaking busy in the real world.

And the thought of being online with Fb/Flicker/Twitter/Digg/whatever blaring me in the face at every moment? Blergk.

I’m trying to streamline my life and sure, I’m not going to be a Zen Habits master any time soon, but whatevs. I’ve started doing my own version of PTO’s Inbox Heaven, I’m happy with Facebook to keep in touch with my friends, Twitter to follow cool interweb people I admire, my Tumblr to add fun pics and links and schtuff to if I happen to have the time to find them, and that’s enough for me, I reckon.

That is, of course, until the next shiny new thing comes along…

Stay tuned, chickens.

Update:

I hereby assert my rights to intellectual property ownership of the term mobem, i.e. a mobile phone being used as a modem, subject to the following conditions — I allow people to copy and distribute and use the term provided they give me credit, don’t change it and don’t make any money out of it. Thanks Grendel 😉

Creative Commons License
mobem” by Sunili Govinnage is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Australia License. Based on a work at sunili.wordpress.com.

 

Update to update:

Damn, apparently I can’t CC a word. This is what happens when I choose to to hippy law units (eg Indigenous Law) instead of commercially ones (ie Intellectual Property). Does anyone know how to apply for a trademark? 😛

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Written by Sunili

18 June 2008 at 7:20 am

Posted in blogging, internet, law

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  1. mobem – no, actually you are the first. Congratulations.

    Grendel

    18 June 2008 at 10:14 am

  2. I’d slap a creative commons license on that sucker as fast as you can, and buy the domain name fast ’cause its got marketability.

    Grendel

    18 June 2008 at 10:15 am

  3. Done with the CC — at least, from what I can figure out, no one’s really used it in the same way. But http://www.mobem.com is kinda taken, I think?

    Sunili

    18 June 2008 at 11:06 am

  4. Yeah – but badly!

    the .au would still be there. . . imagine, an australian online shop selling HSDPA dongles as ‘Mobems’ Mobile modems. . .

    Grendel

    20 June 2008 at 12:31 pm

  5. Nice one! You and Bill Gates, eh?

    Retarius

    25 June 2008 at 5:04 pm

  6. Unfortunately, you can’t copyright or slap a CC license on a word 😦 You can only trademark it. Sorry to poop on the party!

    joelfalconer

    25 June 2008 at 7:44 pm

  7. Haha d’oh!

    Sunili

    26 June 2008 at 8:46 am

  8. I’ve added “mobem” to wordie.org 😀

    http://wordie.org/words/mobem

    Sunili

    4 July 2008 at 4:18 pm


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