Holly Williams is active on MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Flickr. She Tweets her Twitter followers on the hour. While Holly is certain she joined the various networks for good reasons, she can’t remember what those were. She now spends up to four hours a day updating profiles and keeping up to date with friends and friends of friends.
“It is so overwhelming staying connected to so many people,” Williams said. That’s why she joined the latest addition to her toolbar – IntroVert. The new social networking site is aimed at introverts and those who would benefit from cultivating the intro lifestyle.
Intro-virgins are encouraged to adopt a plain-faced animated avatar with no smile or frown. The cumbersome and time-consuming process of adding friends was intentionaly designed to discourage the accumulation of many friends. Verteran intros progress through a series of anti-social status from Wallflower to Cavedweller.
IntroVert expects a strong revenue stream from advertising home-delivery companies like Netflix and Amazon. “We want people to know it’s okay to stay inside and not interact with anyone, even virtually,” said an IntroVert spokesman.
As for Holly, she’s trying, but old habits are hard to break. “I’m still working on my ‘shy’ profile. I just wish there was a way to import all my contacts into IntroVert.”