The internet has done weird things to people. The most noticeable one I've encountered is that it imparts a more fast-paced feel to the lives of its users; things that are on public display are just there for kicks, and if people notice them they notice them, but personal messages have started to be treated almost more like chat messages than like the facsimiles of email they were at outset. It you don't answer it within a few hours people start to wonder if you got it, and they start sending you these urgent messages; this sort of "Hey, why aren't you responding" message. I don't personally like that; it makes me feel like someone else is trying to imply that they have the right to use my time for their purposes. But in some way this is true, by putting myself out in the world I have in a weird way promised to give a little bit of myself.
So I'm not scorning this new approach to life, I'm just saying it isn't what I'm used to. I don't like writing shoddy comments on someone's work, and if I don't have anything to say about something I'll pass it over for a day or two until I've got what I want to say about it solidified.
I get a lot of these urgent requests one every social networking site I'm ever on, and over time it usually causes me to slowly back away from there. I don't get on Facebook much anymore because whenever I do, people Facebook chat me and ask me to look at their pictures they put up, and they want an answer NOW! They want to know what I think of it NOW!
This baffles me. I like this place though, so I think I'm going to stay here regardless of whether that happens, but for the record, I don't operate that way. If you message me, I'll get your message, and if it's something that demands an immediate answer I'll probably answer it if I log on that day and have time to answer it, but if it isn't time sensitive, I'm not going to treat it like it's time sensitive. I don't treat Internet interactions the same way I do face to face interactions. I might take a day or two to answer, and to be honest unless there's a really specific reason, I probably won't mind if you do that too. Unless you're using it for business the internet should be fun, why all this unnecessary time pressure?
So if it seems like I'm ignoring you, I'm probably not. I just like to think of the internet as a giant electronic postal service as opposed to a giant meeting room. Just throwing that out there so people don't freak out, because I think I see this starting already. I'm not judging or criticizing the people who do use the internet that way, I'm just letting people know why it might seem like I'm ignoring them.