Semi-Real Time? Presence Peaking?
Erick and I were talking the other day about the essence of what this "mobile connectedness" is all about... and our ideas about allowing people to stay "connected" more easily. It seems that the interaction is somewhere in between something that is real-time and something that is asynchronous. But, yet, really it's about neither. It's about allowing someone to touch what you are doing right now. It's about allowing someone a little peek into your daily life. It's about presence. It's about knowing what someone else is up to. It's why teenagers text each other 50+ times a day.
But, it seems there is not word for it. So I've been struggling to capture what this semi-realtime/ presence awareness experience is all about. After meeting John Poisson
at Elizabeth Goodman's
going away party, we sat and discussed this a bit more. To my surprise, he got what I was talking about and ironically had thought about it as well. Seems as though, John and I have been thinking about a lot of similar things :)... In Japan, apparently, they use a term which is something like "mind-touching". I like that better, but somehow I don't think it entirely still captures the essence of what it's all about.
So, if you get what Im talking about, and have any ideas of a better language we can use to talk about this idea... please let me know.
Until then, I am going to keep bugging Erick by using Semi-Realtime around him and Presence Peaking in my own mind.