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Anonymity is the new ephemerality, but will it last?

Anonymity is an individual right. The power to choose, trend of no trend!

Google+ Circles ;)

Social circles consists of people we already know. Social network consists of entities that we don’t have a personal relationship with -   like individuals, search engines, websites, or organizations. 

Circles reinforce our relationships, while networks expand them.

When trust comes into play, social circles build on existing relations of trust, while social networks build out new relations of trust.

This distinction, while it appears to be minor, matters for how we acquire and share information. 

It becomes crucial for us to understand that people’s trust-forming mechanisms for impersonal ties (networks) are different from personal ties (circles).

If your best friend and a stranger told you that your bag was stolen, the process you would use to verify this information from your friend and the stranger would be different.  Trust building mechanisms with a source depends on the type of existing relationship we have with the source.

In the absence of personal ties, people go through a set of trust-practices to determine the least minimally risky path to establish a connection between themselves and the source, hence they create desire paths. And sometimes these paths, disrupt the internal consistency of institutions.

(Source: triciawang.com)

Friends & Frenemies: Why We Add and Remove Facebook Friends

To friend or to de-friend, that is the question. New research from NM Incite, a Nielsen McKinsey company, reveals that there are innumerable factors that help Facebook users decide to add a friend or cull someone from the fold, though knowing someone in real life is the top reason cited for friend-ing someone (82%) and offensive comments are the main reason someone gets the boot (55%).

Op-Ed: Stop Feeding Facebook, It's Time for Moderation

Like Short, I’m not sure I have an answer except this: moderation.

We cannot depend on Facebook to be moderate in its attempts to be the center of the Web. The answer is not a kinder, gentler and less privacy abusive alternative to Facebook.

The answer is to moderate our use of and dependence on Facebook. Like moderating diet, drink, television consumption or any other pleasurable but ultimately damaging-if-done-in-excess activity it is up to individuals. If we cannot do this, the fault lies only with us.

The damage being done by excessive social media is every bit as real as the damage done by a steady diet of bacon cheeseburgers and no exercise, and just as slow to become obvious. Frictionless sharing is the cardiac event that should signal it’s time to cut back on the endless diet of bacon cheeseburgers. Stop feeding the beast, and start using social media in moderation.

Web 2.0 Map Adds Cities of Data (But One of Facebook’s Skyscrapers Just Got Taller!) By Richard MacManus

The Data Layer (a different view of the map) shows the incumbents as cities. Each city is made up of buildings that correlate to eight data segments, such as “Social Data” and “Interest Data.” The size of each building is determined by an ‘Engagement Score’ - calculated from data points provided by Nielsen, including sessions per person, pages per person and time per person. In other words: the more engaged the site is in a particular data segment, the higher the building.

In Union of Social Networks, for example, Facebook is shown as having a skyscraper of “Social Data,” along with a nearly-as-tall edifice that is enigmatically described as “Wildcard Data.” The map legend defines Wildcard Data as “data that is uncategorized, but could have huge implications.” Inan explanatory post, Web 2.0 Summit co-chair John Battelle described two examples of Wildcard Data: “For example, Microsoft knows how people interact with their applications and OS. Microsoft and Google have a ton of language data (phonemes, etc.).”

Facebook’s Wildfire Data is in this example appears to refer to its Open Graph and Like buttons. So does that mean the building should now be much taller, after Facebook’s re-design last week? The Like buttons have suddenly been complimented by read, listen and watch instant sharing - as just one example of what’s changed since this map was developed.

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