Social networking

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Connecting individuals via friends, relatives, and aquaintances with collaboration, moderation and some form of administration. Social networking typically involves the decentralized distribution of un-authenticated personal information. These networks then branch out and allow friends to connect with people inside their accepted social circle, allowing for a greater sense of security instead of speaking with some anonymous, random person. This is assumed to exploit existing social capital and (more controversially) create new social network connections that never previously existed.

On the Internet, this has become a phenomenon, allowing the now populous Internet to serve as both a buffer and a safety net for formerly only in-person introduction to friends by friends.

This type of social interaction on the Internet is a logical extension of the blog and Instant Messaging phenomenons: blogs allow for a more community of personal inquiry and thought while IM systems allow for only accepted users to chat.

Being Choosey

Many users of these systems chose friends quickly, based on whoever messages them. But it is encouraged that users select only people they know and trust so that the social network has an authority level. Later versions of social networking software may include this “trust them with my children” or “not with a ten foot pole” analysis.


The following links are taken from, a list of tools similar to the popular Friendster, notfriendster’s list is not being updates. A more comprehensive list is at thesocialsoftwareweblog

Here are a few business networking communities. Some of these have developed some degree of socializing.

These are a couple of spoof sites that have sprung up recently:

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