Open discussion: Google does Social Networking

This past Tuesday, Peter Whoriskey wrote a thought-provoking article in the Washington Post about Google's new social networking service, Friend Connect. Here at NDN and NPI, we're very interested in new tools like these, so we wanted to open up the blog to hear what others think of Friend Connect, keeping in mind the issues Whoriskey presents.

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Even though they are commonplace to everyone I know, I see the argument that Facebook and MySpace are walled sites. So it's hard to see how this will be different from the other things Google has done: provide a very popular service or idea to anyone who wants it, anywhere, at any time. And since it is Google, the other businesses that build social networks into websites and organizations may have seen their moment in the spotlight.

Also, this will really show the strengths (and weaknesses) of social networking on the whole and add a much deeper meaning to internet connectivity, and therefore to the argument of the global communications network. It's something else to think of the internet as a means of connecting people directly to each other on a personal level, not just to information.