In June of 2007, when I was much more of a faithful blogger, I wrote an article called “Six Things I Wish You Had“. In this article, I mention six things I was in to at the time that I was wishing my friends also did. The list in short: Flickr, Last.fm, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn, Del.icio.us. Flickr and Twitter have remained staples in my online life. Last.fm is still tracking every song I listen to in iTunes, but I can’t remember the last time the social aspect of it was used. I only use Skype now very occasionally for prearranged conversations. LinkedIn still gets used, but not very actively. Del.icio.us still gets used, but I forget a lot of times to bookmark things, so it’s definitely not top of mind.
As 2010 comes to a close, I thought of how I might say the same thing. Here are 6 things I wish you had:
Twitter has become so much more than the “micro-blogging site” I described in 2007. It’s a way to get news, info, and communicate with people. It’s come a long way from a thousand people saying what they had for breakfast.
I was recently flipping through some folders on my hard drive with a ton of photos I took the summer of 2005. That’s prior to when I joined Flickr…also prior to Facebook or other ways of quickly sharing photos with friends and family all around the world.
I was on Facebook in 2007, but was still skeptical of it. In 2010, I’ve embraced the idea that there is little difference in my offline and online life. I still hold some standards around who I allow access to my Facebook profile, and by doing so, I believe I can be more genuine.
8Tracks is a very cool site that I’ve been into for a little over a year. It allows you to create and share playlists of music. Kinda right up my alley…and I got featured as an 8Tracks DJ a while back.
Songkick is a great idea for people to plug in musicians and bands they like and keep track of when they are coming to town to play. My favorite feature is the Gigography that lets you build a timeline of all the shows you’ve seen over the years.
Last.fm has been tracking just about every song I’ve listened to since early 2006. It’s great for discovery and for my nerdy graphing side, I can trend my music over time.
I encourage you to join any of these social networks and/or add me as a contact. It’s the world we live in now, and I imagine in 2013 if I were to revisit this again it would be whole new ways we’re connecting to each other.