Tag Archives: Social network service

Social Networks Aren’t Social

By | September 25, 2008

Social networks are not really social—they’re informational. While they may appear to be social, and perhaps we flock to them and participate in them because we feel a need to socially connect, the real currency is information. Whereas we might go to a bar, a cocktail party or a dinner and spend 90% of our time talking about… Read More »

Why Social Network Sites May Fail

By | June 14, 2008

Look at a social networking site lie Yaari and you can see where the social networking phenomenon may fail, simply by abusing the trust of its users. Sites like LinkedIn, Plaxo etc rely on expanding quickly by offering a useful service: trawling your address book to find friends and contacts who use the same service. We’ve gotten used… Read More »

Facebook’s Faceless Apps

By | October 12, 2007

We’re probably being too kind to Facebook, and, in particular, to the third party applications that plug into it. They’re abusing user trust and committing sins we castigate others for, so we should be consistent: Many Facebook applications are spam. Take this one, for example, illustrated above. It’s called ATTACK! and upon accepting an invitation from someone the… Read More »