Symptoms: general uneasiness, sometimes accompanied by mild headaches and sweaty palms; often characterized by feelings of deja vu and that feeling you get when you meet up with someone you think you know but can’t remember their names.
- contact A adds contact B to their flickr contacts, and contact B chooses not to reciprocate; contact A questions self-worth, wonders if they did something wrong or to piss contact B off.
- contact A adds contact B as a “friend” in their flickr contacts; contact B displays symptoms while struggling to decide to add contact A as a “contact” or “friend”
- contact A adds contact B to flickr contacts, contact B doesn’t login to flickr to see incoming messages and is oblivious that they have been added; often misdiagnosed as case 1, above
Treatment: 2 Stella Artois should alleviate any symptoms and may be repeated on an as needed basis
Symptoms: very similar to Contact Flickritis; general uneasiness often leading to sincere questioning of whether or not one should have a blogroll in the first place, and “what’s the point if everyone just seems to have the same damn people in their blogroll anyway”; can lead to the removal of blogroll entries, extraction of entire blogrolls, or in extreme cases the shutting down of a blog; Symptoms appear slowly while people check their monthly access logs – person may be a carrier without knowing it;
- not being added to a blogroll; typically manifests itself through the question “Why do I even bother?”
- being added to a blogroll and then being removed; typically manifests itself through the questions: “Were they expecting me to add them to my blogroll? Did I say something wrong? Are they not interested in my writing any more? and, Why do I even bother?”
Treatment: spending time with family, exercise, and eating good food are reported to effectively treat the symptoms of Blogroll Malaise; if not, a vacation might help.
Social Network Anxiety
Symptoms: similar to Blogroll Malaise, but more closely associated with one of several “social network” sites, including, but not limited to: LinkedIn, Ryze, and O’Reilly Connection ; symptoms typically appear much more rapidly than Blogroll Malaise due to instant delivery of (often) pre-determined, cheesy invitation emails; often characterized by delusions and/or cult-like behaviour that adding people to a network is somehow going to be beneficial;
 Note that breakouts of SNA due to a boom in one social networking site tends to result in SNA spreading to members of other social networking sites.
 as of this writing, there is no scientific evidence that these are or are not delusions. Further, the collective promise in everyone’s mind that participates in these networks may lead to behaviour that can be seen as cult-like in some circumstances but does not necessarily imply that all or any social networking sites are cults or cult-like.
- contact A adds contact B to their social network and contact B reciprocates; immediately following this, contact B views all the connections for contact A; contact A wonders why the people on contact A’s list aren’t connected to them as well resulting in contact A exhibiting signs of SNA
- extension of cause 1, above, contact B feels tremendous anxiety as they question whether or not they should start inviting all the people on contact A’s list or not or if they should just leave contact A’s connections alone, even if they know them.
- severe cases can be caused when a contact has been exposed to multiple social networking sites; the effects of this anxiety are most acutely felt when deciding if a new contact should be added to LinkedIn, or O’Reilly Connection, or both, often resulting in a stalemate where the contact isn’t added to any of them at all, completely defeating the purpose of the social networking site in the first place.
Treatment: drink several “Smiling Jerry”s and seek ways to connect with these people in person rather than simply online
Post Event Stress Disorder
Symptoms: PESD is the most severe of all of these social networking diseases; after (and sometimes during) any major conference or networking event there is a frenzy of activity that involves all of the aforementioned conditions. Diagnosis is extremely difficult as symptoms of all previous conditions can be seen in varying degrees, depending upon the temporal proximity to the event.
See all above causes, combined together in the first few weeks following the associated conference or event.
Treatment: there is currently no known treatment for PESD