While others debate the future of Social Network disruption, I thought I’d list a few of my observations about technology-related discussions within social networks. Consider these an extension of Godwin’s Law. (I’ll keep adding to this list.)
- For any new operating system release, there will always be one person who plays the Vista card.
- Make any point about early-stage technological transformation, and someone will point out that the United States ≠ The World!
- Nuance and frequently sarcasm do not carry over well, especially in 140-characters. Use them liberally anyway.
- Every topic is a bridge. And every bridge has a troll. The Android and Apple bridge trolls snap loudly and quickly but can be distracted… Squirrel. The Microsoft bridge troll demands a toll for passage, but otherwise sits counting his loot and sweating.
- Express an interest in a topic, inevitably someone will complain once you’ve strayed from your OBLIGATION to ONLY talk about said topic. Double curse if that topic is technology.
- Someone will always take it or make it personal(ly).
- Someone always brings a cloud because negativity gives no quarter.
- Those who can debate. Those who can’t grammar check. (Where would we be if rules couldn’t be broken?)
- Finally, you will need a dictionary.