Conversation Overload: How do you cope?

Recently, Tom Foremski at Silicon Valley Watcher made an astute observation about conversational media. In “Welcome to the Conversation Age! All conversations may be monitored,” he wrote:

“Conversations about conversations leads me to think of this Internet 2.0 age as the Conversation Age. …The Information Age led to one of the early maladies of the digital age: Information Overload. …In the Conversation Age we will suffer from Conversation Overload.

“I think that Conversation Overload is a worse malady than Information Overload. Because I can walk away from reading Business Week this week, more easily than I can walk away from a conversation through blogging, email, etc. Those conversations are all important to me, yet I can’t keep up with them.

“Conversation Overload is tough because we don’t want it to seem as if we are ignoring someone but there is not enough time in the world to keep up with all the conversations.”

Oh, yeah – Tom nailed that one! Given the nature of my work as a conversational media consultant, I wrestle with conversation overload daily. Here’s what I commented on Tom’s article…

(Read the full article at The Right Conversation…)

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