Matthew Petro

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What’s the point of Simler?

A friend of mine recently tweeted about a new social media site called Simler, which proudly proclaims on it’s main page:

Simler is people just like you.

By connecting you with people that think the same way, Simler makes the world a smaller—and better—place for everyone.

WTF? It will connect me with people who think just like me? I can find people who think like me with no trouble at all. What I want social media to do, what I need social media to do, is to expose me to lots of people who don’t think like me. I need to be connected to diversity, to different people, thoughts and opinions. That’s what social media has been great at doing and that’s a vital role which it needs to continue to play, both in my life and in society in general.

Simler seems like it will be very attractive for intolerant people who have serious issues with others who don’t think or believe the same things. Do we really need a social media site which promotes intolerance, tunnel vision and groupthink? Crazy religious and political extremists seem to do a great job at that already.

Maybe I’m really wrong here. Maybe I’m overreacting to Simler’s tagline and it will turn out to be a great site for more innocuous activities, such as connecting with fellow hobbyists, sports fans, etc. I hope that’s the case.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m struggling with this right now on my Twitter account actually. When I first started on Twitter, I was favoriting tweets left and right with articles I wanted to read, or sites I wanted to check out. In turn, that made me want to find great articles/posts that would start conversation. Lately I don’t feel I’m learning anything from Twitter or even have the desire to respond. Perhaps it’s a need to have debates in the real world as well. Social media is only one piece.

    • Matthew Petro says:

      Twitter does seem to be only one piece of social interaction now, but it’s still an important one. It’s great for staying casually connected to all of the people you know, but it’s not so great for deeper conversations. That’s where blogs come in, as well as good old face-to-face interaction.

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