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Getting Social Networks to Socialize

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) focuses on the lack of interoperability between social networking sites.  While not quite spam, the steady stream of requests for Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, Dopplr travellers, or Plaxo contact updates, highlights the lack of interoperability between social network sites and significantly undermines their usefulness.

The interoperability issue is likely to become more prominent in the months ahead as hundreds of specialty social networking sites covering virtually every area of interest from dogs to cooking, jostle for new users.  In fact, services such as Ning now enable anyone to create their own social network site.  The result is that Internet users are repeatedly required to re-enter their personal information for each new network they join and find that each network is effectively a "walled garden", where the benefits of the network are artificially limited by the inability to link a friend in Facebook with one in MySpace.

These limitations are particularly striking when viewed from a global perspective.  While Facebook is a leader in Canada (as well as in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Norway), nearly a dozen other sites hold leadership positions in other countries.  These include:

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August 14, 2007 10 comments Columns

Getting Social Networks to Socialize

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 13, 2007 as Getting Social Networking Sites to Socialize Appeared in the Tyee on August 14, 2007 as Cracking Open Social Networks Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have become part of the daily routine for millions of Internet users who […]

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August 14, 2007 3 comments Columns Archive

Facebook Growth in Canada

Thought Balloons has a great chart breaking down Facebook's growth in Canada over the past three months.

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July 24, 2007 3 comments Must Reads

Another Facebook Ban

Stephen Taylor and David Akin report that the Conservatives have banned Facebook for ministerial exempt staff.

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May 25, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Facebook in Action

Further to my column on Facebook this week (including the new BBC version), a reader points to EcoFraud, a very sophisticated environmental activism site that the uses Facebook as the first step of action (thanks Ian).

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May 11, 2007 2 comments Must Reads