March 5th, 2009

Little did I know, when I finally broke down and joined Facebook in the summer of ’07, that I would somehow slip from anti-networking belligerent to total whoredom. It seems that half of what I write these days has to do with social networks — or sites with social networking elements: new networks, new people on networks, network etiquette. Those who follow me on the interwebs know I twitter and sign onto Facebook multiple times a day. Why, because it feels good.

If that’s not enough, I was even supposed to be starting a social networking column for Obsessable.com, called Internet Anthro — the name of which, as you can imagine, makes me drool just typing it. Unfortunately Obsessable’s budget got cut one article in. Thus Internet Anthro is no more. Killed. Gone. Ironically enough, the one column that remains is about remembering the dead.

“R.I.P. 2.0: Facebook Pages as Memorials” talks about the death of a friend whose family has preserved his profile, updating it so it appears he’s still alive. It’s creepy, yes, but also telling when it comes to social networks, identity, and the continual documentation of our lives. What happens to that after we die? Who owns it? And does it live on?

On a lighter note, here’s a little walk down memory lane (for me, at least) — a selection of the articles I’ve written about social networks over the last few months. See how much of a little hussy I am? Do you see?

“10 Facebook Friends I’m Embarrassed to Have”

“Twestivalsf: Combining Microblogging and Cocktails”

“10 Signs You’ve Officially Become a Facebook Stalker”

“Is Yelp Extorting San Francisco Businesses for Good Reviews?”

The Ning adult network takedown saga

In addition to whoring myself out to social networks, I’ve also been thinking a lot about how these networks have become the new virtual worlds. Quiet, Bonnie! What I mean to say, in a less crazy way, is that I’m holding off until I can get myself in gear and talk about that over at Terra Nova — i.e. write a post that explains why I’ve stopped analyzing virtual worlds. Oops.

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