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June 29, 2007

Twitter+Facebook+Pownce = Social Network Fatigue

Sn_fatigue_1BlueNote has added you as a Friend on Facebook!

You are Socrates' newest friend!

If you're someone connected in the, well, connected world online, then undoubtedly you've seen more than a few of these email alerts. What they are, for those who have not yet delved, are "friend" invite alerts one receives via email, into the worlds of various social networks.

In the beginning, it's actually quite exciting. It's fun. And it's social value.

But now, after MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Jaiku, and many others have emerged - as if we needed it - Pownce (another Twitter competitor) surfaces from the hand of Digg founder Kevin Rose. Another space online in which we need to add more friends and friend more friends? Accept invites and scour the network to find friends?

Maybe. And then again, maybe not.

Just yesterday, says TechCrunch's Michael Arrington (on Twitter): "maybe it's me, but I can't take all the pownce invites coming in. no...more...social...networks..."

That's a more serious statement than it appears, coming from Mr. Arrington - someone, who by virtue of his role, must understand, connect and be connected in virtually every social space online.

Many, including Slashdot, ZDNet, and others have been contemplating social network fatigue recently. How much is too much? And what happens once social network fatigue really does set in?

Danah Boyd's theory: "users aren't going to tire of their friends but they will tire of problematic social spaces that make hanging out with friends difficult." Yet the question I tend to ponder is one first posed by Read/WriteWeb's Richard MacManus: "Could social networks prove to be anti-social?" ;-)

For the record, I remain to be a Twitter addict, and spend an unhealthily excessive amount of time in Facebook. Seems I'm not alone.

Closing Twitter bonus links for Daily Galaxy readers:

Thankfully, the folks at Live Earth are Twittering daily with
simple ways we can make an impact and help ourselves out. For
example, did you know you can save $200 a year just by washing
your clothes in cold water? It's true, -- it's science!

Live Earth updates: http://twitter.com/liveearth070707

David Hewlett plays Dr. Rodney McKay on Stargate: Atlantis -- a
sci-fi tv series about an international team of scientists and
military personnel on a one-way expedition to the distant Pegasus
galaxy. Follow David on Twitter and get a glimpse into the life of
a professional actor and self-described Geek.

Dave Hewlett: http://twitter.com/dhewlett

This was the third in a series of posts about Twitter and other interesting Web Apps by Tracy Sheridan. Next in line, Facebook: The Year a Social Operating System Was Born.

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