Fellow CCT student and Pew Internet and American Life Project researcher Jessica blogs about the ramifications of increased use of social networking over on Pew’s blog site. Her post raises some interesting questions:
The growth of Web 2.0-related products and services has brought numerous new technologies to life on the internet, many aimed at integrating various aspects of our digital lives together. One of the most prolific, especially over the last year, has been social networking websites. Sites like MySpace and Facebook attract millions of members, and, as seen in Alexandra Rankin Macgill’s blog post on the Facebook-Microsoft financing deal, they are also becoming big business. Now Google, whose shares passed the $700 mark last week, has entered the field with the launch of OpenSocial Nov. 1. With the motto “Social Will Be Everywhere,” Google joins the ranks of innumerable companies in recent years stressing the many social possibilities the internet presents. I don’t know about you, but I feel the pressure to be “social” on the Web somewhat overwhelming, and I am someone who is fascinated by the topic.