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Email and cellphone contacts are the real social graph

While I agree that the use of social technologies is not evenly distributed in society (age, socio-economic position, and field of work are only a few of the impacting factors), I find this proclamation unusual: Email an d cellphone contacts are the real social graph – “I spent a lot of time with non-geeks over the holidays, and while I heard mention of email, texting, and cellphones in casual conversation over many days, I didn’t hear a single mention of Facebook, MySpace, or any other web-based social networking application.”
I spent much time with non-geek friends over the holidays as well. And Facebook came up often (a family gathering on New Years Day was arranged on Facebook), so did texting, and of course email and cellphones. Facebook and other social-based software services are introducing many non-geeks to the joys of networking online. As I’ve stated previously, in six years of blogging, I’ve only had one friend and no family members take up blogging. Facebook, on the other hand, is bringing people in to my network that I forgot existed.

One Comment

  1. Hello George

    I am from Brazil and, here, I see the same behaviour. My students (age 10 to 18), all they are in Orkut and have a MSN Id.

    When I want to communicate with them, is more effective to put a “scrap” on Orkut than to send an email.

    Teachers prefer blogs and email (first email), but they are a very (very very) small part os the “teachersphere”. Our education are still analogic.

    But my non-geek friends and family members are comming to Orkut, and I think that this movement will change the way that those people live and understand networks.

    best regards
    (from Porto Alegre, RS – Brasil)

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