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More on Object Mediated Social Networks

Jyri Engeström gave a talk at Reboot 7 (some coverage here) about object mediated social networks. The two summaries he mentions along with the power point presentation (includes notes; a presentation without notes is like an RSS feed without full text posts) make a pretty good case for this model.

A good example for how real social networks emerge through objects is blogs. Blog posts serve as objects through which people connect to one another. You can clearly see more and more social network tools added to blogs (blogrolls, XFN, etc.) because there is an actual need for those tools to represent the connections created by blogs posts and comments. The social networking infrastructure in the blogosphere was created to satisfy an actual need, not the other way around as we see in most YASNs.

via: zengestrom


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