In IM, gossip would travel.. person to person.. slipping below the surface, and it might take days or weeks for something to be passed around, depending on what it was. We might post a photo or say something about ourselves on our blogs, but it would be rude to post some gossip on our blogs that wasn't about ourselves.
Now, for the tech community, with ValleyWag, gossip is explicitly written down and searchable later. Which makes our community more explicit for us, whether we want it that way or not.
In some ways, information that we all knew true is now out there publicly, and it's easier because things can be acknowledged and we move on. On the other hand, there is information that is probably encouraging more people to be mean and difficult, because it's out there explicitly too.
It's changing things; people are shifting their behavior. The contours for what we share just shifted with it. Circles are getting tighter in some ways and looser in others.. and people are watching out more for things they want to keep close. The community has changed and it will change more.Posted by Mary Hodder at February 14, 2006 06:36 PM | TrackBack