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Seth Godin On Social Networking

Seth Godin says it like it is in this video. Seriously though, if you think about it, networking whether online or offline has never been about who collects the most business cards, Facebook friends or Twitter followers. It's always been about helping people and finding...

Facebook is Twice Bigger Than MySpace

In terms of worldwide audience Facebook is now king. I guess MySpace is still the largest in the USA: In November 2008 Facebook drew 200 million unique worldwide visitors; more than 1 in 5 people who accessed the Internet that month visited the site. When sites...

Your Google Number Coming Soon

It's not what you know, but who you know. And now Google wants to rank you based on who you know and how influential you are with them. Not everyone is equal. This is especially true in social networking sites. Where some are definitely more...

CEO Blog of the Day: Williard Marriott

CEO's can blog too. Even CEO's of large multi-national corporations with global name brand recognition and revenue comparable to small nations. And in many ways blogging is a lot more effective when the person at the top of the organization starts to engage people on...

More Women Than Men Participate in Social Networks

Except for LinkedIn, more women are on social networks than men. That is according to data released by RapLeaf, an online reputation management company based in San Francisco. I had a hunch about this phenomenon a while back when I started hearing of mommy bloggers,...

High Profile Blogger of the Day

To counter the argument that some people are simply too busy to blog, I wanted to highlight a particularly high profile individual who happens to prolifically blog. He is the current Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt. Recently he has been blogging about his...

Social Networking vs. Reunion With Former Classmates

Social Networking Competes With Reunions

I saw an interesting article today on STLToday.Com on how social networking sites may be competing with high school class reunions. A very interesting phenomenon indeed because I can personally relate to the feelings described in the article. Ever since I've been on Facebook I've connected with a lot of my former classmates (both high school and college). Considering how easy it is to share pictures, music, art, humor, stories of pets etc. on social networks, I've had a pretty good peek into the lives of some of my former classmates. It's been an eye opening experience for the most part. The STLToday article points out that, becuase of the ease with which people can re-connect  with past relationships and contacts, some are now reluctant to attend reunions. This is becuase they've already re-visited the relationship and had a chance to get caught up on the changes in everyone's lives. For many, getting caught up is one of the main reasons to attend a reunion in the first place. While not wanting to attend reunions may be true for some folks but I personally fall into the category of those who is now eager to attend the next reunion becuase Facebook has whet my appetite. It's actually more than that for me becuase through Facebook I've found "new" friends among the old contacts. I've learned that with time, people change, and that what you thought of them back when you were 17 wasn't really true. I'm more eager to meet up with folks whom I never really thought I could be friends with, but now 10-15 years later appear to be much more interesting and fascinating. Through the twists and turns of life they've made decisions and followed paths which seems to have brought us closer in our thinking, attitudes and perspectives in life. I will admit though, there are still a few that were EXACTLY what I thought they were, many are in fact much different.  However, there are fewer of these in my circle of connections. I would like to think my perspective is the more dominant view. With more and more people on social networks, the opportunity to connect with past relationships is ever more likely.  I would like to think that with increased exposure and connection via social networking sites people are tearing down assumptions about each other and starting a new page.  Consequently bringing people to the point where there is now a desire to connect in the "real" world. In the greater scheme of things I would like to think that technology in the form of social media is bringing people together and fostering a greater sense of understanding. What about you? Will you be more likely to attend a high school reunion becuase of social networking? Or, are you less inclined today than ever before? Photo courtesy: scarlatti2004 (on Flickr)
Facebook Challenges MySpace Dominance

From the Financial Times over the weekend: Facebook, the fast-growing social network, has taken a significant lead over MySpace in visitor numbers for the first time, according to one popular measure of internet traffic. Facebook attracted more than 123m unique visitors in May, an increase of 162...

MySpace Aims At Google and Yahoo!

MySpace seems to be gearing up to go head to head against Yahoo! and Google. According to a report in AdWeek they are in the final stages of re-designing the layout to make it more of a portal setup. This is of course different...

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