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Drowning in Twitter World

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OK, so maybe it's just me, but all this Social Networking is just too much pressure! I have more guilt now than when I was a young mother sure I was the worst person in the world because I didn't find every living moment with my child the most satisfying of my life.

Just how many Social Networking sites can one person stay current on and still have time to eat, breath, work, and take a shower?

There is Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digger, Gather, 43 Things, Orkut, Badoo, Friendster, Reunion, LinkedIn, my own Web site, Amazon Blog, Red Room and Blogger. I'm sure there are many others and those more narrowly focused.

Frankly, I have a difficult time making sense of most of the Twitter messages that come through my page.

When I finally get up the courage to visit my Facebook page, I realize how errant I am at answering the many nice notes from current friends and those I haven't seen in years. It's horrible. I'm such a total Facebook failure.

Have you noticed all those little icons after you complete a blog Just like here on the Huff Post? You see that little line-up of cute, colorful characters just waiting to be clicked so one can share every thought that comes to mind via all Web sites and blogs in existence.

I've thought about resigning from all the social networks I've signed on to but I'm not strong enough to go cold turkey.

Everything I read about Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digger say that if I'm not "there" I'm "nowhere." I will become a non-person on the Internet. The only people who will see my brilliant prose will be just my friends, not strangers.

To become invisible is just too horrible to imagine. I don't think I have the courage to turn away from something becoming the fastest growing online Web site ever.

A Nielsen Survey said from February 2008 to February 2009, showed Twitter growth at 1,382 percent. Those are very daunting odds to ignore.

So, I guess I'll hang out online a little longer. Maybe I'll get the strength to begin a withdrawal program.

Is there a patch for this?

Geri Spieler is the author of, "Taking Aim At The President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot At Gerald Ford." Palgrave Macmillan