Posts Tagged ‘SocialNetwork’

Plaxo – Do you know You?

Do you know You? The Plaxo Connections system asked me that question today and I got a laugh out of it. It’s a good question though in the context of the growing on-line “social” networking craze. How many of the Friends in your on-line social network really know You? Do you know You better as a result of the time you spend in on-line social networks? Unfortunately, I think most of today’s on-line social networks, make it dfficult for you and your Friends to know You.

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Friendverse Weakens

Friendverse

There’s a rift forming in your Friendverse and you need to close it before it destroys the social fabric that holds your Friendverse together. The Friendverse is the invisible bond that connects you with your friends – the people you really know, like, and trust.

friend n. – A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.

Yesterday, I was part of a blog conversation about the need for a standard that makes "Friend" lists more portable. Moving from one social network to another, Twitter to Pownce for example, can be a frustrating experience because you have to re-build your "Friend" list every time you move. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take your "Friend" list with you when you move to, or start ,a new social network? The experience is especially frustrating for the socialites that have thousands of supposed friends – people like Robert Scoble who boast "Friend" lists numbering in the thousands. Yes, a standard that makes these lists more portable would be nice but maybe we should be looking at the way we’re "Friending" before we start developing a system to support meaningless "Friend" lists.

I’ve received multiple "Friend" requests from Twitter users that have "Friend" lists numbering in the thousands. The same thing happens to me on Facebook. I completely ignore most of these requests because I don’t like the idea of "Friending" people I don’t know, like, or trust. I should be able to invite a "Friend" over for dinner. A "Friend" would come to my funeral. Don’t you want to know someone, at least a little, before you add them to your "Friend" list? I guarantee you this, Robert Scoble has people on his "Friend" lists that he wouldn’t associate with in the real world.

I believe my Friendverse should be based on real relationships, a true reflection of my real world social network. I think people with "Friend" lists numbering in the thousands aren’t respecting their Friendverse. Not respecting your Friendverse, letting that rift form, can have real world consequences. Your real world friends, that crucial support network, will weaken as your expanding and meaningless "Friend" lists consume your time, weakening your social network. Your real world friends will begin to question their value in your social network as they become one of thousands that call you a "Friend." If you have thousands of "Friends," what does that make them? A "special" friend, a "best" friend, a "real" friend? If you don’t give your Friendverse the respect it deserves you’ll end up with a very weak social network and few real world friends.

So perhaps we should stop looking for ways to expand and transport meaningless "Friend" lists and instead focus on building a meaningful and rich Friendverse. People we like, know, and trust.


comScore Releases Facebook Metrics

Facebiij

comScore recently released updated Facebook metrics. The 25-34 age group is growing faster than any other group – 181% year-over-year. Obviously, open registration and a very developer friendly platform are contributing to this growth. The Facebook crew has managed to almost double their unique visitors year-over-year – 26.6 million visitors in May 2007. I’ve started building my Facebook profile. Have you?

 


Digg Dumps Top Diggers List

Digg is dumping the “Top Diggers List” – a move probably designed to reduce the perception that the community is easily gamed by top diggers. I think this is both a smart and bold move by the Digg management team. Smart, because they’re making a decisive move to protect the integrity and public perception of the social network and bold because they risk pissing off a lot of the people that built the early community. We’ll see how this pans out for them.
Related:
Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection: Listening
TechCrunch: Digg Removes List of Top Users
Marketing Pilgrim: Digg Takes Away Power from Top Diggers


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