Virtual Powers, Wordly Powers

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  • 1. Worldly Powers vs. World Wide Web Potentials Jean Louis LEQUEUX http://weltram.eu V 2.1 – May 17 th , 2011
  • 2. Summary
    • The Attributes of Power
    • Power & People
    • Copy/Paste of the Real World
    • Socializing
    • From socializing to Social Networks
    • Where have all dreams gone?
    • Social-Networking the real world
    • More on:
  • 3. The Attributes of Power
    • Though the power of making laws belongs to states, many aspects of Power are now held by WebCos (ie big dotcoms):
    • Computing capabilities or power in terms of PetaFlops & PIPS (Floating Point Operations per Second and Peta Instructions per Second).
    • Transactions on the Net
    • Communications, etc.
  • 4. Power & People
    • Ancient Roman emperors governed by giving bread & games...
    • Today, the eCitizen finds on the Net:
    • Entertainment and games
    • Stock speculations and jobs
    • Moreover, (s)he may get them for free with the Freemium Business Model used by most of providers
  • 5. Copy/Paste of the Real World
    • Practically all activities are now available on the Web:
    • - From learning to working
    • - Both selling & buying
    • - Even virtually travelling
  • 6. Socializing
    • As a central activity for humans, socializing on the Web has many advantages:
    • No physical venues required
    • Informal communities
    • Quick communitarian growth
    • No administrative formalities
  • 7. From socializing to Social Networks
    • All these functions contribute to Social Networking:
    • Chating
    • Bloging
    • Sharing:
      • Photos
      • Audio
      • Videos
      • Slide
    • Twitting
    • Connecting to a continuous Instant Messenger System
    • Finally all became as many functions that users expect to find in a Social Network
  • 8. Where have all dreams gone?
    • What are the differences between “Total Virtuality” generic electronic Social Networks (@SN)?
    • - Second Life and als offered -and still offer- total virtuality
    • - While sites for Social Networking, providing they belong to the Web 2.0-generation, provide basic hosting tools for the animation of groups...
    • What happened to total virtuality?
  • 9. Social-Networking the real world
    • … /… Facebook is not the oldest site for Social Network. Before its creation, there were many:
    • - Alumni' s private SN sites
    • - Alumni' s public SN, where all users can find their classmates &/OR coworkers throughout their career resumes
    • - Interest Community Sites
    • - Website replicas of actual clubs, associations, frats and sororities, NPO (Non-Profit Organization), etc.
    • Professional or personal general purpose SN open
  • 10. More on:
    • http://weltram.eu/esociety.aspx