A world where DVRs and social media collide

I didn’t want to know. I was behind on watching “America’s Got Talent”, but I had faithfully DVRed each episode. And then I went on
Twitter last night… and that was my downfall. There it was… a tweet
from TheDailyBlonde that simply read… “America’s Got Talent Winner
Michael Grimm” followed by a link. I didn’t need to click on the link…
I had already found out the information I didn’t want to know. I hadn’t
exactly cloistered myself to avoid knowing, but I had refrained from
talking in person or via social media about my great affinity for
“America’s Got Talent” for fear that I would get details that were ahead
of where I was in my watching.

So DVRs are for time-savings. I love being able to watch a one hour show in forty minutes. DVRs are for convenience. I love being able to
watch shows an hour, a day, a week, a month later than when it was
originally aired. DVRs are avoiding commercials. In the past commercials
were the times for snack or bathroom breaks. No more. Now you just
press pause before you go grab a soda and a bag of chips.

Come to think of it… the goals of using social media are much the same as those of utilizing a DVR: getting information anywhere, anytime,
at your convenience. It’s about connecting with people all over the
world. The difference is that it can be real-time. You can see photos of
your cousin’s wedding in Florida within minutes of the end of the
service. You can gather immediate feedback on the premiere of a movie
that few have even had the opportunity to see yet. You can tweet along
with fans of your favorite team so everyone can wonder aloud why the
coach called for a particular play at that time in the game!

We live in a world where DVRs and social media collide. If you want
to save the results for later, if you want to start the 1:00 p.m. game
at 2:00 after a leisurely lunch with the extended family, if you don’t
want to know the winner of a reality show or contest, by all means,
avoid Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, and all the rest. And if you didn’t want
to know that Michael Grimm won “America’s Got Talent” last night… I’m
sorry. Welcome to social media.


Where are you seeing examples of this? Where do you see benefits of social media (or DVRs for that matter)? What have you tried to avoid finding out about? Were you successful or did you fail?

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Sam Allgood

It would be interesting if DVRs could not only screen out commercials, but also get football games down to actual playing time. That boils down to around 10 minutes or so because a lot of time is eaten up with getting back to the huddle, huddle time, and waiting for the ball to be hiked. That’s a project that I bet would sell!

Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs

Great idea, Sam! For now, I just use the “30-second ahead” button which is almost perfect for missing huddle time on most plays. I can watch an entire game in about an hour. It would be better if it could be done automatically. It would save a lot of wear and tear on my thumb!