Two days until BarCamp Vancouver and I'm about where I started with my proposed session on social software for introverts: I "only" have questions. The question I can now add to the list is "How do introverts use social (networking) software to sustain a relationship and mutually benefit both/all parties involved?" (I put the word "networking" in brackets because we seem to have forgotten the connection element of sites these days and instead focus on sharing.
Darren Barefoot: “Here in the blogosphere, we get to see the tip of the engineer iceberg--we get the articulate, the socially literate and extroverted. I agree that "people who make stuff need to relate directly with the people who use that stuff", but there's a communications gap there that needs to be filled.”
In late August, the organizers have yet to finalize a date, Vancouver will hold BarCamp-style conference titled, appropriately, BarCamp Vancouver. I've started a PubSub feed for the unconference, which I will attend. After BarCamp Toronto, while waiting for my fligh back home at the airport, I started writing out my thoughts about that unconference in particular and unconferences in general (keeping in mind that I have only attended the first day of one of them, of course). Joey explained the concept of BarCamp (really well, I might add), and he says that the confusion about the philosophy of "no spectators" applies “doubly so for events with programmers”, mentioning that 75% of them classify themselves as introverts. It's not clear, though, what he prescribes, so my article, still in heavy drafting mode, will attempt a prescription.
K5 continues to impress, this time with an article about social phobia. Looking at the list of phobias the self-professed—and evidently self-diagnosed—social phobic has, I can say that my problem is not social phobia, but rather shyness. Detect the irony in the last sentence, and I'll buy you a Coke.
Researchers say that not only is shyness hereditary, but that it's difficult to outgrow. Sounds about right.