Good evening and goodnight

I’ve mentioned this before but the internet is evil and keeps me awake at night.

Since then I’ve realised that the problem isn’t the computer, the internet, or anything that is posted on the internet. It’s me.

Yeah, yeah, obvious, I know.

So, what I think is really needed (something graybo hinted at in the comments to that post) is to add a human… wait! SOCIAL… factor. After all, isn’t these very social websites that are keeping us all up until the wee small hours?

One last check for Facebook updates, a quick peek to see if anyone else has twittered in the last 3 minutes, and maybe just a teeny tiny glance at the RSS feeds, all of a sudden it’s 2am. Again. And you are getting up in 4 hours and, for some reason, your employers expect an honest days work from you (we’ll cover THAT one another time).

What I’m proposing is some form of website where you and your ‘friends’ can monitor the fact that you are online. You’d set your preferred bedtime and, as and when you are spotted online at any of the social websites you use, your friends would be alerted and they could all start hassling you to go to bed.

Admittedly, such a system is not without flaw. For one thing the method used by your network of friends would most likely have to be something online which would, no doubt, led us straight back to square one.

“Ohhh a tweet from X telling me to go to bed… I really should!… ohh look… Y has updated and posted a link… *click* “

I’m sure we can work round that issue though.

Which leaves only one other problem with such a solution. Out of everyone in your network of friends, across all of the myriad of social websites, SOMEONE has to be last to bed, so who nags them when it’s 4am???

Bagsy not last!!


  1. Will said:

    That’s what friends in other timezones are for 🙂 Get someone who’s mid-evening in the States to get you to bed when it’s 4am here.

    January 2, 2009
  2. asta said:

    So you have a choice of Eastern Standard Time or Pacific Standard Time, although I haven’t checked with Pacific to see if they would be willing to take on this Herculean task. In fact, I rather suspect that they’d be more interested in keeping you awake so you can keep them company.

    January 2, 2009
  3. Stu said:

    But surely that’s what Louse is for. “Louise, can you nag at me?” How could she say no to an invite like that?!?

    January 2, 2009
  4. Oh, I like this idea! It’s already got me started thinking of names for it …

    Sleepr, or perhaps Slumbr is better
    Twitter Twoo (as in the noise that owls make? Oh, never mind)

    I can see a slight problem with timezones, though. What if you’re telling people to go to bed when it’s only 6.00pm in the evening for them?

    January 2, 2009
  5. Clair said:

    I like slumbr…

    of course, another answer would be a little app that you install on your computer with a predefined bed time, that stops all new updates coming through to you. You can still finish off what you were doing, but wouldn’t get distracted by anything new until the morning.

    January 2, 2009
  6. Blue Witch said:

    Don’t you have a wife for that purpose? 😉

    January 2, 2009
  7. justin said:

    Following on from BW’s comment … perhaps it’s time to spice up your sex life?
    I’m simlar to you in your computer habits … I can happily carry on browsing blogs and the like to 1.00am, and get up 6 hours later, to continue browsing.
    Mrs C and I sleep apart, owing to my bad snoring and Mrs C liking to sleep in sub-zero temperatures. We both sleep a lot better as a result.

    January 4, 2009

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