Facebook and Social Networking

July 8, 2008 at 10:36 am 2 comments

I’m going to vary a bit from the fellow in this article in just one thing.  Facebook is social networking.  Social networking is the act of forming a social network.  That latter definition was modified when it was realized that a religion was classifiable as a social network.  A social network is a group over a hundred people.  The term was coined in the 1950’s and originally meant 100-150 people.  Essentially, you share beliefs or practices with enough others to classify as a social network.


Web 2.0 means the internet has become a social network.  This means that we have the concept of social networking suddenly embracing a bunch of executives (brain)storming with each other included.  Facebook is not a social network; at best it’s a tool toward it.


It’s also a commercial enterprise that makes money, which is why it exists.  Our great tool for social interaction thus far is a great tool for spending money.  The knowledge on it is disorganized at best; we have so many acronyms there are various dictionaries for them.  Read the first article I linked to, please.


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  • 1. Schmoozii  |  July 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Facebook claims to be a “social utility”, not a social network. It’s on their homepage.

  • 2. oregonnerd  |  July 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I wasn’t pointing a finger at the makers of the utilities. Well, mostly*. The hype about Web 2.0 uses Facebook as a prime example. One of the related searches I did today came up all Facebook and Myspace.
    *Microsoft and Apple are of course exempt from all possible blame.


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