Besides being the title of a song by the band of geek pop junkies called ‘Lemon Demon,’ I’d like these words to act as a vehicle for tech musings.
You have probably heard of the wave of social networking that’s sweeping the internet right now. Sites like facebook.com, myspace.com, digg.com, and 9rules.com are each examples of social networks in their own form (Some folks from the office know of these sites).
Commercial web sites are being called to empower the web-surfing public with social networking methods. What could happen when the wave finally reaches RIT? Are brick & mortar institutions going to become obsessed with the risks without considering the rewards?
By this point you’re probably wondering exactly what ‘social networking methods’ are. In its simplest form, a social network is a collection of folks bound by social familiarities. The ‘methods’ part of that simply represents strategies for melding a social network with the World Wide Web.
What? You had a Dad? ME TOO! You should totally add me as a friend on Myspace. (< -- example of a social familiarity)
Moving on, let's imagine some examples of how the social networking culture could invade RIT's web systems. Let's see...
- University News could create a user-moderated wanted ads site (a la craigslist.org)
- RIT could create a user-powered events page that allowed folks to designate what events they expected to attend
OK. So these aren’t particularly creative, but I’m sure social networking is on its way into the infrastructure of cutting-edge institutions like RIT. Keep your eyes peeled for the next five years. If you have any better ideas, by all means, lay them on me.