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Social Networking Condemned to Die. The problem Is Commitment.

"Facebook is nothing more than a new version of America Online, with lots of calories but not much nutrition."

While millions of children growing up in poverty and whose fates are really laid out like this post shows, they are so unfortunate to be born into an educational system that is blatantly discriminatory and unconstitutional and ignore what educators who invest a great deal of their time and energy, are doing to allow their identity to be merged with services like Facebook and other social networks, that Peter Schwartz thinks are condemned to die.

I came across this great piece in The Huffington Post:

The lack of commitment, "Creates a major problem for Facebook, and for other Web 2.0 social networks. Facebook has created loyalty without value, quantity that drowns quality. Who can say that MySpace or adult versions of Facebook such as Linked In are any different?"

We agree with these points and precisely that's the reason we've quoted Schwartz. He continues, "There is no filter for quality. Websites built around or dependent upon user-generated content all too often resemble online versions of talk radio". My question though is whether the author of the original post refers to citizen journalism, when he says, user-generated content, which according to our understanding goes beyond what he is talking about.

If Web 2.0 dies missing education, it will nonetheless leave a remarkable legacy. "Social information and knowledge sharing technologies such as those one finds on Wikipedia, Flickr, some edublogs out of the echo chamber, and even the New York Times and Global Voices websites, are incredibly efficient ways to harvest useful opinion and knowledge.

What are you're takes and your take aways?

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  1. I use Facebook to keep in contact with relatives, including my nieces and nephews, in addition to colleagues and friends scattered around the globe. The status update feature is a great way for the younger generation to let us know whats going on. This simply can not be replicated via the traditional phone conversation between an adult relative and a teen!

  2. Hi!

    Here, in Brazil, Orkut is the most used. I think the interface of Orkut is more simple and friendly than the interface of Facebook.

    But the focus in social networking is: Who is there? So...



  3. Thanks guys for your concern. I didn't know of the impact of Orkut in Brazil. Thanks

  4. I tend to use facebook more than I thought I would. Its great for keeping in touch with people via text updates and photos. Its great for feeling connected