DailyDirt: Deconstructing Social Networking

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Social networks are clearly a very fashionable field of study right now because they provide an unprecedented volume of records for human interactions that can be mined for trends and correlations… and marketing strategies. Figuring out how viral messages spread could teach us how to educate our peers or to notify people about emergencies or to advertise caffeinated beverages. Here are just a few studies on how people behave in online communities.

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Shmerl says:

If you’re looking to create the next Facebook, it might help to know that it’s not the absolute number of friends on a social network that encourages new users to join, but the types of friends who are already signed up.

In new social networks most often you can’t friends whom you know already (since naturally those networks are new and not as big and inclusive as old ones like FB or Twitter). I.e. most people you meet there are new acquaintances. But as well noted above, interesting people (even new ones) can be a reason to join. I found that for example in Diaspora* social network I hardly knew anyone from before, but there are lot’s of interesting people whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise.

But at present in order for social network to be appealing it should provide something that’s lacking in other established examples. Otherwise it’s quite hard to compete with heavyweights like Facebook. So Diaspora competes on respecting privacy and decentralized federated design (which both are lacking in Facebook and Google+).

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