Jon’s Radio Comments

October 25, 2006

So many social networks, so little time

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonsradiocomments @ 3:55 pm

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  1. That’s actually a great point, Jon. I do have memberships to a few of those communities, but I agree that there’s a feeling of frustration that I can’t more easily integrate all these separate “identities” together. I’ve been working recently on my internet searchability (I have the same common name with both a well-known wrestler *sigh*, and a well-known Computer Science professor, so I’m sometimes hard to find), and this is a related issue. How do I link what is known about me (both on the Net and in various closed networks) with me?!

    Comment by Ken Kennedy — October 25, 2006 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  2. Jon– Saying you are already a citizen of the Internet is a little glib. Sure, I already speak in English, but I use a keyboard to communicate with a computer because that specialized input gives me benefits. I hypothesize that none of those social networks has yet given you something you want enough to join. However, I believe that someday one might.

    I do agree it would be better if a protocol (e.g., RSS for blogs) tied us together instead of a particular system. However, a system is easier to control and get started. Protocols are very amorphous.


    Comment by Dan — November 13, 2006 @ 5:07 am | Reply

  3. > I use a keyboard to communicate with a computer because that specialized
    > input gives me benefits.

    But if you could just talk to it, you prefer that.

    Still, your point is well taken. A friend recently told me that he considers LinkedIn to be a productivity tool. Unlike me, he prefers to operate in the context of a network that is not publicly discoverable. The general-purpose Internet doesn’t (yet) afford that option. LinkedIn (and others) do. For some people, the benefits of multi-network membership outweigh the costs.

    Comment by jonsradiocomments — November 13, 2006 @ 6:39 am | Reply

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