Business Week has a special report on the Social Web. It rightly identifies the big change -- the web as a social fabric -- but does little aside from stiching together a few threads.
Call it the Social Web. Through the dot-com bubble and bust, one trend has never wavered. Every year, millions more people around the world are using the Internet to interact in more ways than ever before -- to date, find old classmates, check on medical ailments and cures, to read and express alternative views of the news, and even to get live sales help online. It's happening at work as well: Want to check your 401(k), pay stub, or file an expense account? Increasingly, that's all on the Web.
Alex Salkever's piece is on next generation social networking, highlighting Friendster and others:
"The late adopters want solutions. They'are the Consumer Reports people, and they want to read such and such dating site has a 70% success rate before they pay to join," claims Thompson.
"We believe there's a correlation between opportunity and optimism. Never before in the history of dating has it been so easy to get to so many eligible qualified dates and use the technology to help you do this," gushes Trish McDermott, vice-president for romance at Match.com.
In Jane Black's piece, the latest in the blogging as open source media meme, includes Nick Denton's publisher perspective, some great press for Dave Sifry and Clay gushes with this gem of deflation:
"It's a new kind of communication," says Clay Shirky, a professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. To say that blogs will harm traditional media, he adds, "is like saying that instant messenger will kill e-mail."