You are Socrates' newest friend! (on Twitter)
If you're someone connected in the, well, connected world online, then undoubtedly you've seen more than a few of these email alerts. What they are, for those who have not yet delved, are hopeful "friend" invites into the worlds of various social networks.
In the beginning, it's actually quite exciting. It's fun. And it's social value.
But, now, after MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Jaiku have emerged - as if we needed it - Pownce (another Twitter competitor) surfaces, from the hand of Digg founder Kevin Rose. Another space online in which we need to add more friends and friend more friends? Accept invites and scour the network to find friends? Maybe. And then again, maybe not.
Just yesterday, says TechCrunch's Michael Arrington (on Twitter):
maybe it's me, but I can't take all the pownce invites coming in. no...more...social...networks...
That's a more serious statement than it appears, coming from Mr. Arrington - someone, who by virtue of his role, must understand, connect and be connected in virtually every social space online.
Danah Boyd's theory, "users aren't going to tire of their friends but they will tire of problematic social spaces that make hanging out with friends difficult." The question I tend to ponder, however, is one first posed by Read/WriteWeb's Richard MacManus: "Could social networks prove to be anti-social?" ;-)
Originally guest-blogged at The Daily Galaxy.