A lot of us use Facebook and a lot of us (15 percent of online American adults, according to a brand new Pew study) tweet. But are those bursts of communication too fleeting to make up our digital legacy?
Seth Godin thinks so. The brilliant marketer and thinker asked in one of his signature super-short blog posts this week what would happen if more people took the time to leave an enduring digital trail:
All day long you’re emailing or tweeting or liking or meeting … and every once in a while, something tangible is produced. But is there a mark of your passage? …
What would happen if you took ten minutes of coffeebreak downtime every day and produced an online artifact instead?
I both love and hate to read posts like this. I love it because it’s inspiring. I hate it because following through takes work. Of course, I already spend plenty of time cookie-crumbing my life on social networks. It’s sitting down to bake those crumbs into something concrete or even useful that seems so daunting.
We share. But do we share deeply enough?
Just one more nagging thought for our already busy digital days.