Network overload

tiny cat screamingOK, for the record: although I thought some of his reasons and criticisms were wrong, I largely agreed when Jonathan said that Tor.com was late to the party and unnecessary[1] to the online genre scene.

And now there’s another one: Stephen Hunt’s SF Crowsnest is the latest to board the bandwagon with Hivemind.

Considering how long the Tor site has been in the pipeline – and the original-content-producing clout they have behind them – how could launching this now possibly be a sane option by comparison to just reskinning PHPbb and chucking it in a subdomain so your regular readers can beef without cluttering the comment threads?

Coming as it does from a site that hasn’t had a properly functional RSS feed since I started reading that way in late 2005[2], I hope you’ll all forgive me for not rushing over there to add you as a friend.

I follow a fair few PR and social media commentators via blogs and Twitter, and it’s interesting how social network saturation is finally starting to set warning flags a-waving among those who were first to praise their potential. Too much of a good thing, perhaps… but as has been pointed out, there’s no need to do anything. The web’s always been pretty Darwinian; many are born, few survive to thrive. [image by wafdaros]


[ 1 – Unnecessary does not equate to useless or unenjoyable, in case that isn’t obvious. ]

[ 2 – Unless something has changed since last time I tried it around December last year, of course. ]

3 thoughts on “Network overload”

  1. I was on the positive side about Tor.com, and while I haven’t really been using their social network-y bits, they’ve had enough good content to make it worth keeping in my bloglines, and being registered there just means it’s a bit easier to keep track of followups to any of my comments. Hivemind appears to be entirely social network based, with no other content, and I don’t see any reason why I need to sign up to it unless I wanted to use it as a particularly geeky internet dating site or something.

  2. Having seen a week or so’s worth of Tor.com I’m still not convinced. Jo Walton seems to be doing good stuff but otherwise the content is probably less than you’d expect from all of those people blogging separately. They’re also doing the IO9 thing of largely ignoring the SF Blogosphere. *shrug*

    SF Crowsnest is a weird creature anyway because they claim to be Europe’s largest SF site but nobody ever seems to talk about them or link to them and a lot of their material is recycled.

    But yeah, I think network overload is about right.

  3. I browse through Tor.com every now and again, and sometimes something takes my fancy and I read it. But I think it’s yet to come anywhere close to the hype (but the free ebookswere nice).

    I joined Hivemind because, well, you know, it’s nice to get about and be sociable… However, and I find this really annoying, none of these social networking tmeplates allow you to feed your existing blog into the site. You have to run an entirely separate blog. Rubbish. How are you supposed to widen your readership?

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