I’ve begun to notice the emergence and growth of a new subgenus of AlphaGeek: the “AlphaJunkie”.
This sub-species’ defining characteristics are that it is likely to have an apple desktop, a windows desktop, a Linux server at home or in a colo, at least one or more mobile devices, at least one game console (that’s at least five operating systems), and some dedicated device like a GPS or Tamagotchi. That’s a lot of hardware, a lot of software, and one twitchy geek.
Aside from interest in hardware and software upgrades, ‘twitchy’ is also consumed with the latest, hottest, but smart meme of the day, nay hour. A comedic viral video is of interest or course, but one of time-lapsed FedEx flightpaths…? Well, that’s going to induce a twitch.
I call AlphaJunkie a subgenus of AlphaGeek because while they are related there are two different thought processes at work. The classic AlphaGeek is more a long-term processor. Noticing a new trend it will kick at it for a while to figure out what is happening there and in some way help shape said ‘new’ thing. The AlphaJunkie, or twitcher, is a more short-term animal and is a part of the trend.
Most AlphaGeeks display AlphaJunkie behavior so they are obviously of the same vine and of one another.
I’ve begun a new weblog, aptly named AlphaJunkie, because I indeed display some AlphaJunkie tendencies… plus because it’s fun. I’ve described the content as O’Reilly Radar without all the thinking… more twitching.
I believe that we see this emergence when looking at the differences between Slashdot and Digg. No, this isn’t a X better than Y comparison! Digg’s readership looks distinctly younger, and frankly more hip. As such it embodies this twitch culture with a expansive tech. topical interest.
To sum up I’ve begun this new blog/digest which I’ve been kicking the tires on for almost two weeks now. Topics range from Teen Watch, Robots!, and Virtual Worlds to VoIP. Lastly, I’m very interested in hearing from like minded AlphaJunkies interested in becoming contributing bloggers (email | AIM). We’re all Japanese schoolgirls now.