How many Facebook friends do you have???

Hey everyone…. The laptop got lost for awhile.  Well actually, the blog got pushed aside while my life focused on work.  I’ve been debating keeping/losing the blog, since the Internet is more social communities rather than individual blogs these days.  Everyone is into Facebook or MySpace or some other form of keeping large networks together.  This is where people are migrating to…. but maybe for the wrong reasons. 

Do people want to build the largest group of friends possible?  If so, that’s just like highlighting an entire textbook… where by including everything you end up noticing nothing.  If someone has 500 friends on their list, I doubt they care what 90% of those folks are up to.  Do people want to really keep in touch with what their “so-called” friends are up to?  I’m not sure if folks know why they join social communities…. most probably do it because their friends are in the community and there’s a low cost of entry to join.  But what good really comes from joining such communities? 

The value of a community site is to let others know what you’re doing and to keep up with things that others are doing.  But to really add “value”, the community site needs to provide information that people care about.  I haven’t figured out what that information is….. what do I want to find out about what my friends are doing?  Maybe trips they’ve been on…. or something cool they’ve done recently.  I don’t need to know that they’ve taken a quiz or joined a group called, “People that want to see someone eat something crazy”.  The ability to sift through the meaningless dribble to find the gems is tough. 

I think over the next few years, the cream will rise to the top…. in that people will figure out the sites that add value versus those that eventually get ignored.  Similar to how the glut of retail and auction sites in the late 90’s led to Amazon and Ebay prevailing as the top dogs, the community sites of our current time will lead to the one or two sites that maintain people’s interests.  Personally, I think the world will move away from community sites and move toward direct communication between people.  The world is getting used to passive communication (i.e. text messages, twitter posts, etc) where the communication is available when the receiver is ready to receive it.  That will probably change, once direct communication becomes more mainstream.  People will actually communicate with each other via some sort of Internet video/phone thingy that will make communicating as easy at watching your tv. 

For now, the blog will continue…. I like having an outlet for thought and insight, rather than trying to maintain a generic MySpace or Facebook page that can easily get lost in anonymity.  Happy early Thanksgiving everyone.  Looking forward to deep-frying that turkey… mmmmmm

2 Responses to “How many Facebook friends do you have???”

  1. Lee LeFever Says:

    There’s a group for “People that want to see someone eat something crazy”? I’ve got something to contribute!

    Glad to hear you’re keeping the blog going Mark. Speaking of the future of these kinds of sites… something to watch is what role “portable identity” plays down the road. One of the big problems now is that each social network provides an independent set of friends and attributes. In the future, we’ll hopefully be able to take these things with us where ever we go. We’ll be able to join a new site and it will tell us - “18 of your Facebook friends are using this site too” and/or your eBay seller rating could be used as a measure of trust for another site. Just some things to think about.

  2. Mark Says:

    You’re jumping my gun here Lee…. I already have planned an identity posting that will talk about where identity is going and how “trusted identity” is going to be the next big wave, just like how the Internet was in the early 1990’s. I think it’ll be a thanksgiving feature :)

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