07 December 2009
Social networking-How it would work in real life
When I start reading a blog or a Tweet by someone I don't know and then click on one of their contacts' blogs or something else on their page, it seems I inevitably end up on the page of someone I know from Flickr, Twitter, my own blog readers, Matador, etc. How is that? Are we all getting our contacts from each others pages or is it just that the people you are friends with just have the same taste as you? I'd really like to see a drawing of the map I take when on the net and how it matches up with the map of others. Do they have that yet? I'm sure I'd be going round in circles and eventually passing through the circles of others. Anyway, I can see it in my head even if I can't explain it here. But what if social networking worked in the same way in real life?
Imagine this. In real life, I walk up to a friend who is talking to someone I don't know. But, hey, I really like how they think.
"Can I be your friend?", I ask.
"Sure" they'll confirm. And then we'll go on our merry way.
A couple of weeeks later I'll be watching a gig with my brother and a mutual friend of ours when I run into my new friend from the last conversation who is with her other friend that I don't know.
"Wow, how funny to run into you here!" she'll exclaim. It's like we're really old mates now.
"Yeah, this is my brother and our friend (who is really just an aquaintance we are doing a favour by taking to the gig)"
"Cool. Your brother's hot. Can I be his friend?"
"Probably, just ask him."
"Can I be your friend?" she asks my brother.
"Sure", answers my brother.
Then our aquaintance wants in on the game and he asks new friend, "Can I be your friend too?".
New friend: "Um,maybe not." and walks off.
Now, my brother is out one time and runs into the new friend and my original friend.
"Hey new friend. I like your friend here. New friend's friend, can I be your friend?"
"Sure", she replies.
Then the next time I'm out with my original friend, my brother walks up to us saying, "How's it going? Wow, I didn't know that you two knew each other."
I'm starting to think that there are as few degrees of separation on the internet as there are in New Zealand...and that ain't many. Do you ever end up on a good blog and think you want to follow it but then see someone you sort of know from another site you frequent is also a follower. But you don't want that person to think you are stalking so you don't follow the new blog, just in case? No? OK, I guess that's just me then.