Long tail of social networking
So currently most people don’t have enough time to join more than 1 or 2 social networking sites at a time.
Much of this is driven by the Dunbar Number. Dividing up into Family (10-20), bands (50), groups (100-200) and tribes (500-2500). Social media is letting us supersede that 150 people by being a bit more efficient in interactions (though I will be the first to admit I often fail at it.) And looking at things from the perspective of those different levels of intimacy illustrates the need for different permissions.
But the reality of it – is that we do not want to be limited to a single social networking tool like facebook or linkedin. Instead we would like to create our own contextual groups with our own intimacy levels. I believe we can expand those numbers through contextualization. I think that is key to creating cohesive groups in a tribe. Those groups need to be fluid as well since relationships change often.
One thing that can solve this is a decentralized social net. One where you are allowed to create and reconnect shards of your identity (and relationships) on the net better controlling your persona and the different types of relationships those personas can have.
Humans were able to go beyond Bands with the introduction of language – a cheap form of grooming. I believe that if we can enable technology to do similar things for us. After all that is what the printing press was all about! Though printing not as conducive to conversation as the net is and can be!
So let’s design better tools that are focused on how people would like to interact. So that we spend less time on the grooming of our toolset and instead spend it on our actual relationships. Esp social media tools that enable me to be more efficient about seeing people in Real Life. not virtually…