Age doth become me, and age doth become the internet

Last year, this post almost certainly wouldn't have got written. I'd have probably been busy running around, bottle of beer in hand peering at people's nametags and having mutually agreeable conversations that what we were doing was the future. Today, this post nearly didn't get written because I got distracted by The Big Lebowski on TV. Somewhere along the line, I've morphed from Riggs into Murtaugh.

It's not that I didn't want to go to Twestival tonight. I even had a ticket and had every intention of going. But it clashed with podcast recording night, and we were running a bit late, and the studios were across the other side of London, and I had lots to do and didn't want to be tired at work, and home is back the other side of town, and so on and so on. And so the sensible, but boring, decision was taken to head home rather than party into the night.

(And in many respects I'm rather gutted I didn't make it. The Twestival team have done a fantastic job from turning it into a small one-off in a bar near Trafalgar Square into a global phenomenon. I'm always slightly humbled whenever I see what they've achieved).

Gone are the days where I'd run across London, make three social media parties in a night, and still come in bright and cheerful the next morning.

But it's also interesting as I don't think I'm the only one. When it comes to partying or cracking on and doing something, the latter is often the default setting.

Perhaps its because social media has been around for long enough that it's no longer new, it's not a phenomenon, any people have stopped going "Ooh, isn't this cool," and moved towards "Right, how can we use this better." Or, put more crudely, "How can I make money from this?" [1]

It's not that in social media that people have now met all the useful people. But we've got a better idea of who we need to contact and how to get hold of them. And while partying was, you know, fun, websites don't just built themselves, and Twitter doesn't update itself, and money doesn't just magically appear in your bank account, and willyalookatthateverybodysdoingsocialmediathesedaysholyshitwebetterupourgame.

And the thing is, we generally get it now. Not all of it. That implies there's no more to get. But now social media is more commonplace and even if not everybody in any given is immersed in social media, they know it's important and they're prepared to create new jobs for people to show them how to do social media and these people have stopped going "Well, there's a lot to learn<' and instead are saying "It's not that hard. Look, I'll show you. And, actually, we can do something VERY cool with this."

So, yes, doing things. That's what we're largely doing now. Burying ourselves in work - and this isn't necessary dull, because a lot of it is putting the VERY cool things into practice rather than just talking about them. There's less of a need to jump around and drink lots and generally tell people how cool the projects are you're doing. We know. We're probably working on something similar.

But that doesn't mean we can't party from time to time, right? And every last person at Twestival well deserves every drop of beer drunk tonight because they're all contributing to something amazing and making a huge difference to people's lives in places where debates over Foursquare are, frankly, insignificant. And this wouldn't have been possible without social media.

And tomorrow we'll get our heads down to working again, either with hangovers or tinges of regret about not being able to make it. And we'll enjoy it.

I'm getting old. I'm also working hard with VERY cool things. And while I'm careering slowly towards not being able to name the majority of artists in the Top 40, I'm still loving every minute of it. Social media isn't the future any more, it's part of the future, and I'm bloody glad I'm part of that part.

PS The podcast tonight was so much fun, I'd happily have missed most things to record it. It'll be up at the usual places tomorrow and should be sounding fantastic.

[1] Not that I necessary subscribe to the latter viewpoint. It may surprise people, but I make precisely zero from the podcast. It's currently done solely for the love of podcasting and football.