Tuesday, 9 September 2008

ambient intimacy

interesting and thoughtful post from the IHT on ambient intimacy - or how social networking influences society and allows people to feel connected, despite being physically disconnected.

The role of web 2.0 technologies is a fairly interesting topic - blogging has replaced samizdat in repressive societies, but few people have really commented on what function these technologies will have in non-repressive societies.

And of course one thing is the social network, the range of contacts and then being able to track things and how they're going - for example I can track what's going on with some projects I'm no longer involved with but am still interested in, and also the general connectedness with old friends an colleagues so one knows when people change jobs and all these other minutiae that help maintain contacts.

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