The Social Network Site is Dead. Long Live The Social Network. May 21, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in computers, physics life.
One of the nice things about the long commute between home and the lab here in Marseille is I get to listen to podcasts. One of my favorite for keeping up on things happening in the USA and in politics is the Diane Rehm show (check out the fascinating one on Lebanon).
They devoted almost an hour to Social Networking as well. Parts of the show were little more than an unpaid advertisement for Ning, but there were several nuggets. I shared Rhem’s pain as she asked several times “what is the difference between this and email?” — she did get something out of her guests. But my favorite comment was the one at the end – where one of the guests mentioned that sites like Facebook are of limited lifetime. Soon every web site will be part of the social network. In short, everyone will contribute. In the sort of world I can see many more opportunities for particle physics and making social networking useful for that, rather than having to have a “destination” social network dedicated to particle physics. I look forward to that.