|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 11-26-2012 04:59 AM||727 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
11-26-2012 04:59 AM
I often see comparisons, commentaries, or speculations on where LJs fits in the area of social networking. After experiencing this site for about 3 years, I believe it is one of the few sites in which “social networking” can legitimately be argued to actually occur.
The term social networking is usually applied to sites like Facebook. I personally do not feel this is accurate because I believe FB to be more in line with self promotion much more than true social networking. In FB, the space you create is very specific to “you.” You choose who views your posts, comments on your posts, or posts on your wall. Your interactions are strictlly with those on your friends list. This same list also filters what you will see on your home page because you can only view the posts that are made from this same list. It is very egocentric and you are at the center of your networking experience. This is not a slam against FB, we all need to have a place in our world where we can support self interest and feel important.
But I don’t believe this is true “social” networking because societies are not built on the concept of “I.”
What observations have you made over your time here at LJs? How has this site been different for you than a more personally accomodating site like Facebook? How are they the same? I am curious about how others here view an online society.
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