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35 Different Ways of Looking at Social Networks 47

jg21 writes "Social Computing Magazine has just published a list of thirty-five perspectives on online social networking reflecting how protean and difficult to pin down the phenomenon is. It was compiled by Malene Charlotte Larsen, a PhD student at Aalborg University in Denmark, who has been doing research on Danish youngsters and online social networking. She ends with an open request for further perspectives."
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35 Different Ways of Looking at Social Networks

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  • by kaos.geo ( 587126 ) on Saturday July 07, 2007 @11:46AM (#19780265)
    I think this is a simplistic approach to Online Social Networking.
    The plea in the end to contribute more perspectives just stresses that.
    There are as many perspectives as people involved in (online or offline) social networking.
    IMHO the only insight I can contribute is that networking is a human trait that we carry to every medium we use to communicate with.
    When you contribute to a network you get more than what you put in.
    I think an analysis of peer-to-peer networking, with contributors, leechers, etc. would show the dynamics very clearly and that could be extrapolated to a lot of human networking activities, i.e.: The economy.

    Well, this is MY rambling contribution to this topic anyway.

    I find the repetition of the word "perspective" in the article deeply annoying. :P
  • Riiight (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Saturday July 07, 2007 @11:54AM (#19780339) Journal

    6. The paedophile and predator perspective
    Social networking sites are an El Dorado for paedophiles and predators who want to harm young people. The people behind the sites are not in control of safety and do not put enough effort into keeping predators out of the sites.

    Let's blame "The people behind the sites" and not:
    A) Kids who sneak away to meet predators
    B) Parents who aren't paying attention
    C) Online predators for their behavior
    D) Parole officers for not keeping tabs on sex offenders

    Do any of those alternative sources of blame sound reasonable?

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein