This was a blog I wrote back on January 7, 2010 on a retired site of mine. I thought I’d repost it here as it is still as relevant at the end of 2010 as it was at the beginning of the year! Enjoy:
I love technology! In fact the reason I am up so early this morning is because I am crying just a bit that I am not down at CES in Las Vegas for the next few days enjoying all the new technology the world has to offer me. I actually teach Social Media to REALTORS® here in Utah and probably should go seek counseling for my Twitter addiction. Here’s what I don’t get…with the advent of texting and Twitter there seems to be a serious decline in the human race’s ability to actually answer a phone call. Increasingly I am finding myself speaking to answering machines and being left with the empty feeling of wondering if I will actually get a phone call back. And most shockingly of all it is my fellow REALTORS® who are among the worst of all at using that time tested and truest of all technologies…THE TELEPHONE!
It turns out that sometimes you actually have more to say than 160 or 140 characters allow you to type. Heaven forbid we actually might want to have real communication take place. Now I know I am venting here just a bit, mostly because I am waiting for a fellow REALTOR® to return my call and tell me when and how I can show their listing to my client (it’s been more than 48 hours now, by the way).
Interestingly enough I posted a question on Twitter last night regarding Tweetdeck vs. Hootsuite and had several responses from the one worder “Hootsuite” to a full 140 character explanation. However my favorite response was from Marc Pina (@MarcTheRealtor) ”@mokukai Dude. Just decided that last night. Call if want to go over my observations b/t Hoot, TD and Seesmic.” Now here’s a guy who understands that some times 140 characters just doesn’t cut it. I of course called Marc immediately anxious for the knowledge he was willing to impart. The best part of all of this? He ANSWERED his phone! BTW Marc – Thanks for your insight!
As I was doing some research on this phone subject I didn’t find a whole lot…maybe there will be some new sociologically study conducted. I can already tell you my 17 year old spends 100x more energy and time texting than actually speaking into his cell phone, and he’s got unlimited minutes! I did find this while searching the internet – http://activerain.com/blogsview/494143/Sorry-I-Don-t An interesting blog by Frank Llosa explaining why he doesn’t take your calls. Wonder if the recent housing woes have made him rethink that strategy, as it was written almost two years ago.
Anyway, what are your thoughts? Are we losing the art of actual conversation? I gotta run, need to get back on Twitter, starting to get the shakes…