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According to two U.S. researchers, fewer degrees of separation make companies more innovative . They've studied the innovative performance of about a thousand companies in various industries over a six-year period. And they've concluded that "companies that network and form strategic alliances are more creative and develop more patented inventions than those that don't."
"I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation between us and everyone else on this planet," quips the character Tess in John Guare's 1990 play "Six Degrees of Separation." Researchers at the University of Washington and New York University who examined networks of companies in relation to their creative strengths have discovered that it is, indeed, a small world.
"What's your MySpace?" A law librarian unfamiliar with this phrases isn't just out of touch; she may be unaware of an important phenomenon whose impact is reverberating through the online legal landscape. I can hear you now, "I'm a law librarian not a teenager!" Perhaps so, but it can be argued that you should be using MySpace and other social networking tools.
Internet law professor Michael Geist says the walled gardens of social networks should be pulled down. Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have become part of the daily routine for millions of internet users. The popularity of these networks, however, has resulted in an unfortunate by-product - the mushrooming number of requests that come from dozens of these 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.
Translations: [ Беларускі ] I've been thinking a lot about the social graph for awhile now: aggregating the graph, decentralization, social network portability, etc. If you've seen me at any conference recently, I probably talked your ear off about it. I've gotten good at my verbal/visual presentations, showing my slides , pictures of graphs, and adapting my delivery to you based on your background, facial expressions, questions, etc. This is all a lot harder to do in a blog post where the audience is so diverse, so I've been lazily putting it off.
Damn the Facebooks and the MySpaces. The last time we checked, there was this thing called the internet that had 6 billion users. It's time to take our personal data out of Mr.
danah boyd June 24, 2007 Citation: boyd, danah. 2007. "Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace ."
Theoretical work suggests that structural properties of naturally occurring networks are important in shaping behavior and dynamics. However, the relationships between structure and behavior are difficult to establish through empirical studies, because the networks in such studies are typically fixed. We studied More Theoretical work suggests that structural properties of naturally occurring networks are important in shaping behavior and dynamics. However, the relationships between structure and behavior are difficult to establish through empirical studies, because the networks in such studies are typically fixed. We studied networks of human subjects attempting to solve the graph or network coloring problem, which models settings in which it is desirable to distinguish one's behavior from that of one's network neighbors.
My name is danah boyd and I'm a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a Visting Researcher at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. I received my PhD from the School of Information at UC-Berkeley . I spend 1/3 of my time in Cambridge, MA, 1/3 in New York, NY, and 1/3 in the air. Buzzwords in my world include: public/private, identity, context, youth culture, social network sites, social media.
“It's not what you know or who you know, but who knows you.” Susan RoAne . The Guy Kawasaki Theory of Schmoozing version 1.0 was ad hoc : get to know the people that you need for a specific deal. It was short-term and focused.Version 2.0 is ad infinitum --maybe even ad nauseam . It's taken me twenty years, but I've figured out that it's much easier to make a sale, build partnerships, create joint ventures--you name it--with people that you already know than with people you just met.
As regular readers of GigaOM know, I have written often about social networks as a platform for self-expression , and how such new media shifts the balance of control for production and distribution of content between corporations and consumers . Along with this, I’ve written about the many strategic implications of such shifts, particularly for traditional media companies, and the business model challenges that face any player attempting to monetize social media . There is another critical aspect of social networking, however, that I have not yet addressed… and it’s one that will serve as the anchor component for social networks as they begin to enter their next stage of evolutionary development. The component I’m referring to is the communications layer embedded within social networks. One of MySpace’s greatest innovations was something ridiculously simple… the “wall”.
The growth of online computer-mediated social networks and the shrinking of real-world social networks nearly coincide in time. Both are examples of social networks, but nevertheless they are quite independent. We can easily import our real-life friendships into online social networks, but the opposite direction—exporting online friendships into real-life friendships—is much harder.
Sunday April 2 Tom Coates has a great post on his blog Plasticbag.org on what social media is all about. His reflection starts from the observation that the term "social media" is the new buzzword that arose from the ashes of three others: ... the term seems to be being used as a badge for pretty much anything that someone wants to talk about and make sound contemporary. Online community as a term has disappeared, social software seems out of vogue (is media the natural progression) and social networks are quite 2004, but social media as a term is everywhere. He first puts it in a historical context.