Facebook, Myspace and Social Networks don’t Matter

I’ve joined Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Friendster, Orkut, Digg, Flickr, Twitter and a bunch of others. The verdict… Social network sites are pretty useless for socializing.

Don’t get me wrong these sites are entertaining, voyeuristic and in many cases addicting. The primary function on most of these sites is as the name implies ‘networking.’ I get invites from people to add them as a friend, buddy, pal, co-worker to their list of friends, buddies, co-workers and pals. The social graph grows but little changes.

Do you have more real world friends because of these social networks? Probably not.

What these sites do is allow me to spy on people. I can see what they like, what they do, who they know and what photos they take. No more secrets.
Many of these sites don’t focus on the ‘social’ part of their name. Evite is the best ‘social’ tool and I’m not even sure that they consider themselves a social-network. I would say I’ve met more people because of Evite then from all the other social networks combined. Evite works because I didn’t have to accept networking relationships. Instead I show up. The experience is focused on the fun part of socializing, not the boring part ‘networking.’

One response to “Facebook, Myspace and Social Networks don’t Matter”

  1. Sometimes I think that the social aspect of the internet is completely overrated. I have a myspace, Linkedin and Facebook account, but I only use them for communicating with people I actually know. I think that friendships that essentially consist of exchanging niceties over some sort of electronic medium are superficial.

    I agree with the evite sentiment too. Even at the bare minimum, it is just a nice way to manage invitations (so you don’t forget who’s coming, or invite past the capacity of your house.

    BTW – Nice blog, you cover some very interesting topics here.

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