Words collide (#dblogcheck)

Once upon a time, the Internet was thought to be like a high-speed road. Some thought of the Information Highway as a path towards unfamiliarity and confusion, much like the Jackie Robinson Parkway which twists and turns through parks and cemeteries before dumping you amid the streets of Brooklyn. Others thought of it as a way to make more distant locales seem closer, like Interstate 80 which can guide me from my home in New Jersey to San Francisco, California without making a single turn. But, like a highway, it was one-dimensional, both in who used it (techy-type people) and what it carried (text.)

Then it went from being one Highway to an intricate lattice of highways that not only crossed continents, but somehow crossed oceans as well. Its reach connected to every type of home and every type of person. They called the network of roads the World Wide Web. Software programmers used little spinning earth-icons to reinforce its long and multi-dimensional reach.

But the World wasn’t big enough for some. They had to make it even bigger and expand the metaphor beyond the third rock from the sun and into space that hasn’t yet been fully discovered. Entering: CyberSpace. Its capabilities had again expanded, but its user-base was lagging.

Eventually, The ‘Net spawned numerous social networks. These brought the non-tech crowd out of their comfort zone, and people like my grandmother signed up and got Facebook accounts. But still, the intergalactic metaphors continued: we saw the rise of things like the Blogosphere and Twitterverse. For a brief moment, people took residence in MySpace (is anyone still there??).

But just when it seemed to be getting too big and chaotic, people started migrating towards others with similar interests or motives, forming Online Communities. The personal interactions became paramount, and nobody really cared about the wires and fiber-optics and hard drives and routing tables that made it all work. To most of us, that stuff just lived ambiguously in The Cloud.

Now where was I going with this….

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Image source: Apricum.net

Oh yes, social networks colliding.

I have an online diabetes presence in the blogosphere, the Twitterverse, Facebook-nation, and YouTube town. Do you know how to find me there? Click the icons below my picture on the top-right of the page. (I also have a personal Facebook page which I mostly limit to people I’ve met in real life.) At times, I get notifications from WordPress when people start following my blog — or from Facebook when they like the page — or from Twitter, for reasons I’m not quite sure about. And sometimes I wonder who the people behind these notifications are. Plenty of people who follow me never say anything.

Of course, there are readers who don’t log in, like, or following. To those guests, I have no idea that you’re even here.

So if you’re here, please speak up. Introduce yourself. Say “hi”.

Do it anonymously if you like. The requirement to leave an email address will be turned off for awhile (though your email is never revealed to anybody but me, and I don’t use it anyway).

That’s what Monday, July 22 is all about. It’s “Check-in Day“, the brainchild of Chris at the A Consequence of Hypoglycemia blog.

By realizing the impact and reach of our content. I’m sure we all know that the diabetes community is more than the active 1%, this is just a way to shine some light on the remaining 99%

-Chris Snider

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Posted on July 22, 2013, in DOC. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Great post Scott! Hi & for Chris Check!

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  2. In the best way possible, it’s going to be a long day 🙂

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  3. Check!

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  4. Hi and Check. Although I’m fairly new at social networking (don’t ask me why), I’m thankful that the Internet and the DOC was active when I was diagnosed. I wouldn’t know where to start my education otherwise.

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  5. Good morning Scott!
    Have a great week!

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  6. I don’t comment very often but I read regularly. I’m a T2 diabetic and have been for 17 years.

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  7. Hi Scott! I always enjoy your blog! In my short Dblog life, You’ve taught me a lot! Super bolus, anyone? :o)

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  8. Happy Dblogcheck day. Scott!

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  9. I gotta be honest, I thought this whole thing was kind of stupid and I can’t say I’m going to do anything special aside from my usual commenting (which is a lot)

    I LOOOVED this post though. All the analogies and explanations are incredible! You’re such a great writer.

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  10. Check marks the spot, apparently! Thanks for the post, Scott. Yes, it’s interesting how far we’ve come in terms of interconnectivity and social media. I used to have a much bigger line between my two world (D and non-D), but that has certainly gotten more fuzzy as time has gone on.

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  11. Scott… Nice play(s) on words. Enjoy your #DBlogCheckDay

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  12. are the icons shampoo bottles or insulin vials?

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    • When I first saw them I thought they looked like insulin vials. Then I figured they were probably the kind of bottles you slip a written message inside of, put a cork in the top, and toss it in the ocean. So to be honest, I’m not sure. But it looked cool… and it was free to use, so I took it.

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  13. #dblogcheck – I think I’ve made a big mistake in checking on follow-up comments on many blogs already – out of habit. Enjoyed your blog!

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  14. I’m so happy to know you on-line AND in real life!! (Okay, only once in real life, but it still counts.) Happy #dblogcheck day!

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  15. I’d introduce myself but I already know you 😉 And how do you know about the Jackie Robinson Parkway?? That is the highway that is closest to my mother’s house so when I still lived at home, used it all the time. It is also where I had my one and only car accident, totaling a brand new car 😦 Thankfully somehow I didn’t get hurt. That can be a scary place to drive around people who don’t know how to well, drive!

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    • I used to be responsible for cell-phone coverage for most areas west of Cross Bay/Woodhaven Boulevard. That job has taken me to lots of interesting places. Driving on that road can indeed be a terror…

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  16. Happy #dblogcheckday! (Great post, btw!). My. Comments will be sporadic today, in between feeding the bebes 😉

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  17. ❤ all you guys in the DOC!!

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  18. I always look for a blog update from you. Just so you know… I’m always watching. 🙂

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  19. Hello Scott … Another nicely written post!

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  20. Hi! You are always so good at commenting. This is my vow to be better!!

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  21. I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Hello my friend & great post!

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  23. I realized recently that I miss a bunch of your blogs and I should probably hit “follow.”

    MySpace is still around! They have commercials now too. But even social-obsessed me isn’t on there.

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  24. Hey Scott

    I only learned of #dblogcheck day a few moments ago, so you’re the first. I hope your summer is going well.

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  25. This has been a great idea… It’s been fun meeting the lurkers and checking out some new peeps. One question… How do you keep up with all the facets of social media? Just blogging is exhausting sometimes!

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  26. It took the vastness of it all to bring us all a little closer.

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  27. Great post Scott. I absolutely love how far the internet has taken us. Were you online when ICQ was just getting up and running? That was my first introduction into social networking but I loved it then as much as I love now. YAY

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    • ICQ…doesn’t sound familiar. I remember IRC (Internet Relay Chat) though I never used it. I pretty much graduated right from Usenet to Facebook. I was big into the dial-up BBS world in the 1980s, so I guess you could say that was my real first intro to social networking. (I was more of a computer geek then than I am now.)

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  28. Hey Scott – great post – lots to think about there – deeper messages that you left up to us to figure out.
    I read all of it but kept returning to the fact that HWY80 can bring you and other DOC friends that live in NJ to SF without any turns. HELLO. I think all yall NJ peeps need a road trip.
    #dblogcheck although Id like to comment more often than I do.
    again – great stuff.

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  29. Late in the day, but checking in nonetheless. Connections seem to come in two varieties: few but strong, or many but tenuous. We need to find a way to combine “many” and “strong,” and I think today certainly helps!

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  30. Just checking in and saying hi! 🙂

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  31. Yo.

    Just checking in 😉

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  32. Real cool post! I really enjoyed your telling of how it all came together and how we came to be called the DOC. Sure glad we found each other and hope to meet up soon one of these days. Take care.

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  33. Interesting to think about how these technologies have evolved to what they are today and to think about how they may continue to help us connect and interact!

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  34. Here I am – checking in from my myspace account! 🙂

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  35. Hey! I missed #Dblogcheck day because I was overseas so I’m checking in now! Love your blog Scott and love the DOC 🙂 Happy Friday all!

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