Anne Galloway, sobre redes sociales, como Friendster y Orkut:

“My position assumes several points: first, that we have in fact moved from trying to enable communities to trying to enable networks; second, that community is best understood in qualitative and processual terms; and third, that networks are most often described in quantitative and structural terms. You can, of course, take issue with any of these assumptions, but for my purposes they stand.

And really my point is very simple: just because a site can connect you to a lot of people doesn’t mean that there is any value in those connections. (But neither does it mean there is no value.)”

No puedo estar más de acuerdo con el punto de vista de Anne: las redes sociales son procesos de construcción grupales, que no pueden ser resumidos a meros agregados de datos cuantitativos. Implica además el armado de sólidos lazos de pertenencia, algo que las “social networks” como Orkut deberán demostrar en el tiempo.

En esta página pueden leer el texto completo de Anne Galloway.

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