Tuesday, September 11, 2007

the future of social networking sites

It seems possible that the growing number of sites could make it harder if not impossible for one search engine like Google to do an adequate job. There are many sites like Digg, Del.icio.us and StumbleUpon which help people with common interest to network and share links. At least for my demographic (30s, not-too-bright, lazy, of questionable moral fiber), sites like MySpace and Facebook seem to be taking on an increasing role not only in social networking but also content sharing.

The social networking sites seem fairly intuitive and it doesn’t take long to get a handle on them. Plus there are only two major choices. For me the unanswered question is about search and social bookmarking. Which of the many sites is going to be the most useful in the short term and what will the future hold?

My experiment with social bookmarking sites, both as a consumer and creator of content, is only just beginning and we’ll just have to come back later with some results. For now I would be grateful to hear anyone else’s opinions as to the strengths and weaknesses of each of these tools.

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