christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: April 11th, 2008
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Defining Friendships Downward

This snarky post at Valleywag does a good job of capturing the mixture of distaste and ennui I feel towards a lot of the social network innovation out there. Here's what the author says about Facebook's new "People You May Know" feature that suggests friendships:

The New York media is predictably offended by Facebook's "People You May Know" feature. To anyone without Asperger's syndrome, the notion of an algorithm suggesting social relationships is offensive. But to Silicon Valley's elite, this is progress. Forming friendships is inefficient and time-consuming; mapping the social graph is a task well-suited to be offloaded to servers. Which, unlike the Starbucks lattes you may purchase in the pursuit of actual friendships, constantly decrease in price. Sure, I thought Facebook was a little off when it hinted I might be friends with Jimmy Wales, but the service is barely out of beta. Other suggestions, like Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, who I met casually once at a bar, is a perfectly suited addition to my list of Facebook "friends." Thus my faith in Mark Zuckerberg's ever-improving software remains unshaken.

Exactly.

by Christopher Heiser on April 11 12:44
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