By the time you’ve tweeted and checked in and updated your status, have you missed out on a slice of real life?
Remember “Where’s Waldo?” That lost-again-found-again character that rocketed to fame in the United States in the 1990s probably wouldn’t have found nearly as much success if he were introduced today. That’s because the answer would be too simple—finding Waldo would just require following him via myriad social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare or the new Google Buzz.
If you want to know where people are, just start watching their online posts. They tweet about what they’re doing. They provide a Facebook status update about their plans for the day. They “check in” with Foursquare, alerting the world where they are at any given moment. And, with the new Buzz, they have the ability to drop all of it into your Gmail inbox.
The explosion of online tracking has many users wondering whether they could juggle all the social media tools, and many others wondering why they’d want to.