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Beyond MySpace–23 Things Step #21

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Step #21 of the 23 Things on a Stick program concerns social networking sites other than those we’ve already examined. I read the two articles and didn’t find the one on Gather very convincing. I think that LibraryThing has already locked up the market for book lovers pretty effectively. I also kept thinking about walled gardens (see my last post). Why would a publisher want to limit their audience to those subscribed to one (of many) social networks? The WebJunction article was very good, I thought, and tied in with the articles I linked to in my last post. Using these techniques, you could develop a very cool library website for very little money.

I signed up for Gather, mostly because of the mention of NPR. I’ve been looking for a forum online where intellegent, serious people can discuss politics. I don’t want something exclusively populated by people with the same viewpoint and I really don’t want something populated by stupid people mindlessly repeating the latest crap from Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Al Franken, et. al. Looking at the political groups on Gather, I’m not sure this is it. But we’ll see.

Rereading that last paragraph, I see that it sounds a bit elitist. Oh well.

I joined the Ning group and left a message. This makes three social networking sites (four if you count LibraryThing) that I’m now in. There is no way I’m going to maintain myself in three different walled gardens; it’s just not realistic. The trick is to see which one keeps my interest.

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