Five Star restaurant/bar was my favorite hang out place in my single years. I have many fond memories of that place. In fact, I met my wife there. I loved the place because during my wacky freelance days, its late hours suited me perfectly. I’d head to Five Star for a drink or two around midnight, then begin my all-nighter when I got home at 2am. There was a certain quality about the place that I loved. The staff was friendly and genuine, and the place wasn’t crowded. Everytime I went, I was able to carry on interesting conversations with the regular patrons.
Soon the word got out that Five Star was the hip place to be. It got more and more crowded. The staff become too swamped to talk to everyone. What used to be sincere and intimate chatters turned into short and cordial greetings. It also become increasingly hard to find a seat or hear what my friends were saying over the noises. Five Star soon became a full blown packed night club.
I felt like I’d lost a special place. I found myself going at slow hours, so I could regain some peace and quiet. Not surprisingly, the old regulars did the same.
Then a new night club opened down the street, all the club hoppers went there instead. Because, it was the hip place to be. Five Star became my Five Star again thanks to their exodus. I was able to sit down and hear people again. I remember one night a guy came in and said, “This place is dead…” then promptly left. I wonder if this place was ever alive to him to begin with.
These days I don’t go out much anymore. In between working on my blog and side projects late at night, I socialize with people on Twitter. Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with @mktgdouchebag and @NathanBowers, see below:
I believe people’s online behaviors mimic their real life behaviors. Twitter has gotten noisier than when I first joined. One good thing about Twitter is that I can choose who I follow or converse with. But as its popularity grew, I have a hard time telling who’s truly interested in having a two way conversation versus those who want to shove a URL down my throat. At least not easily right away. There is much noise.
Twitter, like many other social media sites, is just a tool. It is what you make of it. Those who don’t see the true value of it will quickly move onto the next bigger things, or quit all together. Maybe I am waiting for the day when those Twitter becomes quieter, so I can sit down and have a drink with my friends.