Social networks from the point of view of computer geeks. Social networks are quite important in social sciences (from Milgram to Boissevain, Milroy to Eckert). And there’s a parallel in the computer world through “social software” (online sites and tools such as Friendster, LinkedIn, FaceBook, LiveJournal, Flickr, Del.icio.us, Flock…).
Cringely talks about a specific case (wiretaps) but broad ideas about social networks have become mainstream.
Does this new awareness of the effects of networking have any consequence in the way we understand friendship?