February 17, 2010

Your Back Fence Got In My Glass Ceiling

For a while I had a blog about women and technology. (It's pink. Get over it.) Yesterday, Mashable posted a piece by Jessica Faye Carter about women and social media that made many of the same points I've made for years about women and interactive media overall. (Those points were less widely appreciated back in the Digital Iron Age when there was no Web and the Internet was primarily Star Trek Usenet groups.)

Women are generally better communicators, so it's not surprising that we make the most of new ways to communicate as they come along - we use email, Facebook and mobile minutes far more than men do. But try as Carter might, she wasn't entirely convincing when she shifted from women as consumers to women as thought leaders.  For one thing, the 10 individuals in Twitter Grader's top users are male.

We may have come a long way, baby. But we still have a long way to go.

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