A couple of years ago I was having a chat with one of my good friends Nick Hac about the merits of online friendships. While we agreed that brands can be easily measured by the number of fans / followers / supporters, we came to the conclusion that the value of “friendships” online can be diminished the higher that number rises. And as such Nick introduced me to something called “Dunbar’s Number.”
“Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar’s number. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150.”
So to sum up: I simply have too many “friends” associated through social networks. Over the years of living and working in Sydney, attending and presenting at events, business meetings, LinkedIn invites, Twitter follows and Facebook friend requests, I have accumulated too much.
The interesting point in Dunbar’s Number is the concept of “knowing someone.” I think it’s important to differentiate between knowing who someone is and actually knowing someone. For instance, I know my brother and while I might recognize the girl I sat next to in the 6th Grade, I don’t really know that person anymore.
Anyway, the point of this blog article is for me to reaffirm my reasoning behind culling my social networks. I recently culled the people on Twitter I follow significantly and I am currently on a mission to cull my Facebook friends as far as possible. The aim is to remove someone from my Facebook friend list every day until I can look through the entire list and honestly say that I need every person who is on there.
It’s a tough mission and regardless of how people really want to feel it does end with some people feeling hurt and discarded. I am not unfriending people because I don’t care about them or don’t wish to associate with them, but more because to be someones “friend” we need to share something more than a Facebook database association, we should actually be friends.
This is going to be a shock to nobody, but with the latest Apple announcements I am going to be updating my work setup again. With the move to New York immanent and the amount of stuff I can take with me at a premium, I am updating my setup to a single laptop and that means selling both my current MacBook Pro and iMac.
Specs are below and offers are welcome. I will put these on eBay soon if I can’t sell them, but if you’re interested let’s talk.
Both computers are in incredible condition and both are super fast. No dead pixels and no signs of wear at all.
MacBook Pro – Early 2011 – 13″
This machine is insane and has been updated and upgraded to within an inch of it’s life (upgraded RAM and an SSD + second hard drive). I consistently run Virtual Machines, Photoshop and various servers all at once without any issues in performance. Also great to travel with. Please also note there is no optical drive, but instead there is a second hard drive. Also comes with a SPARE CHARGER worth around $90.
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB
OS Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 (11E53)
Storage 128GB OWC SSD and 500GB Hybrid SSD
iMac – Late 2009 – 27″
The iMac is great and reliable. It’s a little old but it’s in perfect condition and when it was purchased was absolutely top of the range. It’s fast, reliable, and even as an all-in-one can be used as an external monitor for a MacBook Pro, which usually sell for $1000+.
Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, upgradable to 8GB/16GB
Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 (will update to the latest 10.7.4)
Storage 1TB (1000GB)
It’s 5am Tuesday morning in New York and I am struggling to fall back to sleep. I’m not really suffering jet lag anymore, but I am suffering sensory and excitement overload, not jut at being here but at the possibilities that this particular work trip presents.
When I began talking to We Are Hunted it was discussed that our company might eventually move to New York to be closer to the music industry we represent and also to our clients. But often times when going through the process of taking on a new job there can be a huge difference between what is talked about and what is actually delivered.
So with that in mind, I am now in New York for 14 more days with my fingers crossed that maybe something changes and we end up lucky enough to stay a little longer.
So here is a recap so far:
- Thursday (Sydney)
Ben and I catch up, eat some insanely hot Indian food and write code until midnight.
- Friday (Sydney)
Begin journey. Up at 8am, finish packing and head to the airport. Sydney to LA takes around 14 hours and is ultra pleasant. The Virgin food and staff isn’t too bad and the flight is easy to cope with. Quick trip through TSA, then on our flight to NYC.
The Delta flight from LA to NYC was honestly the most horrible flight I have ever endured. In fact, it’s my worst travel moment of my life. The plane was not pressurized correctly, “cattle class” took on a whole new meaning, and all in all it was just a horrible experience. I will never fly domestic with Delta again.
- Friday (New York)
Arrive in NYC and get obliterated. Ben and I hit some of the cooler bars on the Upper West Side and have a fantastic night.
We get up early and find some decent coffee. Thanks very much to some colleagues we are referred somewhere called Joe’s and get a pretty decent cup to start the day. Then we’re off to act like tourists: wandering broadway, hit the Apple store, eat at Tom’s Restaurant (Seinfeld’s diner for those who don’t know), and spend some time in Central Park.
Saturday night we head out to The Ginger Man and meet a some friends from Sydney who have been living in New York for a while. We end up having a pretty terrific night and also learning about Seamless (an amazing 24/7 food delivery net work in New York).
Sunday is a pretty chilled day. We hang out in Brooklyn (Williamsburg), catch a ferry and do some wandering in the city. Expect a review of Brooklyn in another blog article.
- Monday (work)
Monday starts off with an education in how to survive in New York. Firstly, if it’s raining, be prepared! Rain in New York is a vicious beast that will take everything you have and leave you wet and miserable. By the time we arrive at the offices in Manhattan my shoes and socks are soaked through, I am cold and frustrated.
Even being wet I get to finish off a project for work and get a great start to the day. We head to a terrific Thai restaurant for a cheap ($6.90) lunch, grab some coffee and have a great and productive day. Also, had a terrific meeting with Spotify who are one of our core clients.
Note: Aussies, if you haven’t signed up to Spotify yet go do it. Not only can you listen to loads of free music but you can also check out my handy work in the We Are Hunted app!
It’s 5:40am. And I am going to have a nap before I have to be at work.