Real world experiences are starting to become a thing of the past as the digital age continually encompasses us in its dark shadow. Catching up with an old friend over coffee has been replaced with a quick five minute conversation over gchat or Facebook. The value of sharing a story in person, is losing its worth almost as quickly as the American dollar.
Fortunately, a few people have managed to take the "always on" mentality and flush it down the web 2.0 toilet. While I still prefer to maintain a fun, stalker-esque awareness of my friends and their whereabouts, others have chosen to scale back and focus on the relationships that matter. Enter the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine.
Here's its self-description:
"This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_ is hosting; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide scripts are maintained. Our service currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn! Commit NOW!"
I love the concept, but I'm not ready to sever my digital connection. As long as I remember that there is no substitute for the real deal, I'm certain I'll never have to commit web 2.0 suicide. How about you?