1) Are we so obsessed with the web that we are isolating ourselvesfrom family and friends in the "real world" in order to have a lifeonline?2) Is the quick and easy interface of Twitter and Facebook encouragingpeople to be even more self involved, posting the silly trivia of theirday?3) Are features like the 140 character limit of Twitter and Facebooksbrief postings on the wall making us even more fragmented in ourthinking and communication style?4) Will all of this quick communication make us more distracted, andless able to focus on creating or reading/processing longer chunksof text?
5) Is the line between personal and professional--and publicand private--even more blurred by the use of Facebook andTwitter?6) Shirky points out that the line is also blurring betweencyberspace and IRL, as people make plans on FB & Twitter tomeet up. He even suggests that it is changing the way thatpeople make plans, as in “text me when you get done with yourmeeting and we’ll meet up…”
1) Engage people in discussing topics, sharing ideas,interacting online (the Church in Seattle, WA)2) Let people "follow" others and get quick updates on theiractivities and thoughts and daily routines (Rachel Maddow,Rick Sanchez, Barak Obama, Joe Biden)3) Give quick headlines and news (CNN, Courier, KWWL)4) Educate and support people (Weight Watchers)5) Mobilize people to act (or vote, or buy, or show up--seeClay Shirkys book)6) Strengthen interpersonal relationships (and find out thingsabout your spouse that he/she would never tell you F2F—”TexasRed Chili” incident)
Researcher danah boyd (did her doctoral dissertation onidentity, teens and SNS (it’s posted online) http://www.danah.org/papers/ Writer Lev Grossman. “Why Facebook Is for Old Fogies. “Time Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1879169,00.html Face Book In Reality - idiotsofants.com and BBCs The Wall.This video pokes fun at Facebook, and shows how silly it would bein “real life” to have someone show up at your front door, asking ifyou want to be their friend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrlSkU0TFLs
The Pew Internet Research Project http://www.pewinternet.org/Media-Mentions/2009/Facebook-takes-strides-toward-Twitter-territory.aspx Writer Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The power oforganizing without organizations. Penguin Books, 2008. http://www.shirky.com/ (his website) http://www.herecomeseverybody.org/ (his book’s blog) Scott Simon speaks with NPRs Social Media Strategist AndyCarvin about Face books fifth birthday. Feb. 7, 2009 · http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100377329