Friday, March 31, 2017

Too many messaging services, not enough time.

I remember AOL Instant Messenger really fondly.   All of my friends used it, and there were a lot of conversations every day among people I knew.   AOL IM let you know who was on, and who wasn't, and there were a lot of great conversations going on.   Sure, this was 15 years ago, but the memories are really good... and singular.   AOL IM was it.  It was the thing.

Today, how many channels are there?   I have an entirely category of communications tools on my phone.   Hangouts, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, Duo, Also, plus on the work side Skype for Business and Yammer, much less using Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook for communications.

A lot of these I have to be logged into, too.  WhatsApp is particularly annoying, in that I feel like I haver to remember to check it, and since it's mostly used with colleagues and friends in Europe, it's not central to my workflow.

With all the communications tools, I actually feel less in touch with people on an individual level.   That could be due to being older and busier too, but focusing on the tech side for a moment, does having more channels make this harder?

Am I alone in this?