The Web Itself Is The Social Network

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about social media versus the blogosphere. To help distinguish them, the term social network is synonymous with social media, whereas I refer to the blogosphere as ‘online networking’. But today I discovered something that clarifies and simplifies this latter term. Online networking is simply…the internet! I kind of knew that already, but I didn’t know how to articulate it … Continue reading The Web Itself Is The Social Network

A Tech Hero Quits Facebook

Venerable tech veteran Walt Mossberg announced he’s quitting Facebook after 12 years of socializing there. But does this news really matter? First, I applaud Mossberg’s decision. More power to him. He’s doing what he thinks is best. And frankly, my opinion is that we should all probably quit Facebook. More on that later. That said, I think his quitting does and doesn’t matter. Let me … Continue reading A Tech Hero Quits Facebook

Online Networking’s Future In The Past

Social media was supposed to be awesome. Until it wasn’t. In another recent act of backlash against social media, Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a. Instapundit, Blogfather) deleted his Twitter account and published the story online. (I credit Cal Newport for the link to the USA Today op-ed.) I like what Reynolds had to say in general about blogging. But I also like Twitter. So allow me to … Continue reading Online Networking’s Future In The Past

The Blogosphere Can Thrive

One of my favorite blogs is Study Hacks by Cal Newport. After reading his latest post, “On Blogs in the Social Media Age,” I was sparked. He makes an interesting distinction between the blogosphere and social media today. The Blogosphere Survives Newport’s blog post title itself is noteworthy. Blogs do still exist in the social media age! They are alive and well despite social media’s … Continue reading The Blogosphere Can Thrive