Interesting piece from Fiona McCann in today’s Irish Times, ”on facebook“.
Would agree fully that Facebook has changed (and devalued) meaning of friends. Much of what Fiona says rings true with me – as someone who spends a fair amount of time blogging, twittering and updating facebook. Her comments would also be well received by many of those who are actually my friends.
Many of us set out to use FaceBook for the personal stuff, sites such as linkedin for the business networking, with twitter and our blogs potentially reaching across both. However, even within this, there is inevitable overlap between personal and business. And Facebook wants the business stuff anyway!
Many people also waster a great deal of time working to update their various sites/ presences – with material which is of very little interest and/ or benefit to themselves or the reader. There was a an excellent piece recently by Dion Hinchcliffe 12 Rules For Bringing ‘Social’ To Your Business.
I think one of the other interesting areas in all of this is bringing the various islands of social networks together. Much of this is being pioneered out of DERI in Galway. Projects such as SIOC spring to mind.
Comments certainly make a lot of sense. As of now do not have all the answers.