Will You Be My Friend?

I wish I could say that I majored in Sociology at The University of Florida for some intelligent reason.  Fact is, this concentration of classes had the fewest math requirements (which meant more ATO fraternity time – plus I don’t do math well.

Turns out that those four study filled years of my life crafted and created a passion for people.  I fell in love with the whys and hows of our behavior – totally fascinated with social networks and the ways groups interact socially – who’s talking to whom.

If you are not on Facebook or Myspace – get on it now!  You are missing out on a social experiment that will change the way we connect.  Be my friend – click here:

Be My Facebook Friend

The new hot social study is called reality mining.  We are now tracking people using location aware devices like cell phones and electronic badges.  We are just beginning to look into how social networks function.

Guess that’s why I am a huge Facebook/Myspace/Twitter fan.  At a click of a button we can pinpoint our friends online.  But step away from the computer and a disconnect happens. Enter a new phenomenon called Tribes. Check out a communication I received from marketing guru and best selling author Seth Godin:

I’d like to invite you to join a members-only tribe. A tribe for marketers, for leaders, for those focused on building communities or creating products or spreading ideas.

This online community will live on a site we’ve created that will feature blogs, forums, social networking, comments, photos, videos and a job board. And it’s by invitation only until October. Spots are limited and early members get privileges and bragging rights.

Brilliant.  Create your own social network for the purpose of ________.  What could the church do with this?  Hmmmmm.

Potential privacy nightmare?  Sure.  But the benefits will outweigh the risks.  Clive Thompson recently wrote “Mining social networks is cool; mining countries could yield lifesaving info.”

(think evangelism).

“One company is currently analyzing 12 billion anonymized calls placed during one month n the UK. What that much data, they hope to better understand human mixing patterns, which could help predict the spread of disease outbreaks, social trends, and other hidden phenomena.  We’ve learned to map our virtual lives.  Now it’s time to map the real ones, too.”

More relationships and less math….my kinda project.

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