Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Facebook, Social or Anti Social?

Side notes on Randi Zuckerberg Presentation on YES2009

What if you have 350 million users on your site? This is exactly what Facebook face today.

A tour of what people actually do on social network giving a truly insightful purpose. A tribute to a tragedy, social cause, presidential campaign, it’s all there, as they like to get as many supports as possible. The first to use such is the Virginia Tech tragedy, a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007 on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Facebook is then used by the students to find support and an outlet for grief online.

Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook founder, Mark, has been around when they are only 25 people and serving 3 colleges in US. It’s been a long way since Facebook had become the number one social network today.

She says, “Facebook is the real representation of the world.” There is interesting people, but also not so interesting. Everybody should be careful and be responsible on what they disclose in their online profile.

As Facebook will become our identity 2.0 through Facebook Connect, we don’t have to be on Facebook to stay connected. It will prevail over the web as our identity.

Openness is the mantra of today, be connected is the way to reach others. There are many good stories comes out on how people connecting and finding long lost friend. It becomes the interface to the world, opens up new possibilities, networks and friends.

But there are also many horrible stories. People hiding behind social network. It is the culprit for forgetting to touch and hug your love ones right close to you. Broken relationship out of jealousy, as many find out new hiding place and ways to stalk others in anonymity.

It’s an acts of anti social behavior. It’s the real representatives of Surrogates, the latest Bruce Willis film.

Power is always a double edged sword. Use it wisely. Hug your loved one. And be responsible.

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