The web, according to some, is a wonderful thing. Others think it sucks. Still others couldn’t care less either way. “I hate spiders!” is probably the closest answer you’ll get from the latter if you were to ask them what they thought of the web.
Where do you fit in? Are you a lover, hater, or could you care less about it (or IT, hehe)?
I put together a highly specialized test for you to see whether you’re addicted to the web, or blogging, or development (to me, it’s all the same any case; it becomes one after too long). It took me years to refine, and probably decades to re-refine. I hope you find it useful.
So, without further ado, here’s the test:
You know you’re addicted to the web when:
- You make use of Firefox for web development or design.
- You have a different browser set up solely for checking Facebook.
- You have Opera set up for Twitter, in case Tweetdeck mysteriously fails.
- You have an Identi.ca account, in case Twitter fails.
- You have a Twitter account for each of your sites.
- You have a Facebook page for each of your sites.
- You check your Google Adsense account at least once every hour.
- You buy five different domain names in the same niche, set up one, redirect the others, and type in one of the redirects just to see it redirect to the main site, a few times a day.
- You set up a redirect for the non-www version of your site to the www version of your site, and type in the non-www version just to see it redirect.
- You have a domain name for everything in your house, including your cat, your couch, your spouse and at least one of your kids.
- You use an Amazon Payphrase.
- You ‘Google’ something.
- You have the SearchStatus plugin installed.
- You know who Bill Slawski and Michael Martinez are.
- You understand what Bill Slawski and Michael Martinez are saying.
- You use Facebook comments on your twenty blogs.
- You use Google Analytics for your twenty blogs.
- You have a tablet for illustrations.
- You have a Nike, Adidas, Billabong or Quiksilver sticker on the back of your tablet.
- You have stickers on all of your laptops.
- At least one of your laptops doesn’t have the ESC button anymore.
- You have Photoshop.
- You have Gimp, Paint.Net, ColorPic, RIOT, Sketchbook Pro, Xara Designer, Illustrator and sTile installed, and make use of colorlovers.com and kuler.
- You know what all of the above programs are.
- You read TechCrunch only when Michael Arrington posts.
- You wonder why you didn’t register the gnews.com domain name.
- You think it crazy that you could get your hands on your neighbour’s name in .com.
- You have at least five emails, all forwarding to a Gmail account.
- You use Panda Activescan, not AVG.
- You use sxc.hu to find all your images for blog posts.
- You use your smart phone to check what your sites look like in mobile format, and install a plugin to make them look nice. Then you visit your sites a few times each day, just to check that they’re still looking good.
- You write guest blog posts.
- You can chat on Skype, talk on your mobile, tweak HTML, write CSS and crop an image, all at once.
- You order pizza from the shop around the corner, online.
- You’ve written a Greasemonkey script.
- You cannot live without Firebug and the web developer toolbar.
- You think Google cheated by creating their own browser.
- You don’t know what a newspaper is.
- You know exactly what Betamax is, from reading a Wikipedia article.
- You’re convinced you’ve seen a Betamax tape; that’s how good the article was written.
- You mock MySpace users.
- You’ve blocked an IP on your blog.
- You also think Digg sucks, but don’t know why.
- Your new site gets indexed in all the major browsers, minutes after its launch.
- You know what SEO, SEM, FTP, URL, FURL, Like, Digg, Retweet and Stumble means.
- Your 3 button and at least one of your SHIFT keys are faded.
- You use CCleaner at least once a day.
- You have a passwords folder of several megabytes in size.
- You can upload a site with one hand tied behind your back, not using Filezilla.
- Wampserver is running on your computer.
- You have a collection of CMSes stacked in a folder; downloaded, tested, and found wanting. You keep it, despite the fact that they’re available online.
- You have a collection of WordPress plugins, despite the fact that they’re available online.
So, are you a web addict?
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