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Monday (3/15/10) 2:32pm - ... wherein everybody needs to ask Jeff questions.

My latest formspring answer:

It's been over three weeks since anybody has asked me a question here. Why am I the least interesting person on the entire Internet? [3/14/10, by mrjeffbritt]

(Okay, I sent a question your way, FWIW.)

It looks like, after a brief flurry of intense activity, Formspring is mostly dead.  I suppose it's the typical Internet thing where a novel site attracts attention, but eventually people realize that it's unreliable, poorly-designed, and -- once you've read all the the old entries and ask any questions that immediately come to mind -- not very useful.

I would, of course, dispute your being the least-interesting person on the Internet.  The Internet is full of uninteresting people, but you most likely filter them out, either explicitly or just as a sort of 'mental filter'.  As for accumulating formspring questions, here are my best guesses about that.

This question got me to thinking about the difference between 'being interesting on the Internet' and 'being interesting in real life'.  I mean, basically, even if you're the most interesting person on the Internet, that's still not as good as being only somewhat interesting in real life, no?  Conversely, being the least interesting person on the Internet shouldn't be anything to be concerned about.

As for what it takes to be uninteresting on the Internet... I dunno.  I suppose the people who I find dull on the Internet just don't have much of a presence there.  They don't post much, and when they do, it's just some bland social nicety.  They don't respond to people or interact with them.  Basically the dull person's "Internet presence" just amounts to a grainy webcam photo and an info page that says they like "hangin out" and "jasn mraz".  Nothing unique, no point of view, just... a placeholder, really.

Of course, these are the same people who function just fine out in the world, presumably because they're not frittering away all their time online.  I suppose being interesting in real life is mostly about taking more of an interest in other people, or maybe just being better at that empathy thing.  Or maybe just having a cool hat.  I'm betting a cool hat helps.

If anybody out there has advice on this 'being interesting in real life' thing, please let me know.

(ETA:  A useful link from happywaffle.)

Ask me questions at my formspring page!

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From:majcher
Date:Monday (3/15/10) 2:35pm
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"The way to be interesting is to be interested."
"Interesting people are good at sharing."

http://russelldavies.typepad.com/planning/2006/11/how_to_be_inter.html

http://www.copyblogger.com/how-to-be-interesting/

http://www.earthlingcommunication.com/blog/how-to-be-interesting-without-saying-a-word.php
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From:hujhax
Date:Monday (3/15/10) 3:04pm

(( thanks! ))

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ALL OF THESE PEOPLE DOUBT THE POWER OF THE COOL HAT
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From:jefpeanutbutter
Date:Monday (3/15/10) 3:02pm
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Ha. Thanks guys. Nothing like serious answers to silly questions :)
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From:hujhax
Date:Monday (3/15/10) 3:04pm
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*tips hat (which is a cool hat)*
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