Youth social networking researcher Dana Boyd has observed that many people presume the way they use social networks is the way everyone uses them ... Now picture our perspective leaving our own experiences, zooming out and up until we can see how all the different groups are interacting on a worldwide social network. That bird's-eye view could be both beautiful and horrible if the resolution was clear enough. That's what a Ramen-eating, ex-Apple engineer named Pete Warden is about to release to the public this week.- to read more, go to Read, Write, Web and click on The Man Who Looked Into Facebook's Soul
This Wednesday, Warden will make friend, fan page and name data from hundreds of millions of Facebook users available to the academic research community.
I'm still of two minds about this new social revolution of ours. Let us consider Facebook, which so many Pagans are using. On the positive side of the Facebook equation is the fact that I am connecting with some wonderful folks. Usually though, these are people I already know in some way, if only via email or phone calls or through their books, music or work/interests we have in common. The negative side is this: Too many people (even those who can be fascinating in person) somehow don't feel the need to post in ways that are interesting, witty, useful or insightful (1) which means that a social media site can easily become the most boring party you've ever been to. Let me put it another way: Remember High School? Want to go back? I thought so.
Now this, this I did like: Facebook Comes of Age After Disaster In Haiti
Are you on Facebook? Please keep in mind that the privacy thing is still a huge issue. Facebook is not some cute little college start up. This company is not your friend. They are watching what you do and selling any information you post online to whoever wants it.
Are you planning to use the new Google Buzz? That has privacy and safety concerns, as well, because it can upload your location as well as your status.
So...be careful out there.
Twitter - @birdgarden
Sia on Facebook
What Facebook Quizes Know About You from the ACLU
Pagans & Privacy: Email and Networking Sites
Overall, I have to say that I prefer Twitter.
Unique Uses for Twitter: Fundraising & Support
Does Twitter Make You A Nicer Person?
Youtube: The Social Media Revolution
(1) And please, save me from all these quizzes, games and "gifts" (which are just another way for Facebook to do more data mining).