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January 27, 2004
Dina Mehta and Lilia Efimova on weblogs as/vs SNSs
Terrific pair of posts, one by Dina Mehta on blogs and social network services
My blog is my social software. It is also my social network.
It has my profile and much more - it has my identity fleshed out, through my posts.
* A profile with history that allows you to know so much about me - i started blogging in March 2003 - and already readers people have seen me add new professional interests and take my qualitative research skills into new areas, some know i love music and Floyd, others have been with me to my cottage in the hills, read about my holiday and meetings with some wonderful bloggers on my trip, seen me change home, celebrated with me when i got a project due to my blog, and even wondered where i am when i've gone silent on my blog for a few days.
* A profile that tells you much more than any homepage i have on Ecademy or Ryze or Tribe orLinkedIn could.
* A profile that changes, grows, flows - not a cold resume or 'about me' page filled with past achievements and accolades - but is touchy-feely and one that says more about me through my thoughts, interests, preoccupations, rants, rambles and angst - that makes me more than just a consultant or a qualitative researcher - or a demographic statistic, 'female blogger from India'. [...]
When i did not blog, i found social networks far more relevant and useful. Today, my blog is my one-stop shop.
which prompted a follow-up piece from Lilia Efimova
which is a more point-by-point comparison of the two models, and more supportive of the idea that SNSs have different advantages than weblogs
*Slow uncovering vs. instant visibility*
Learning about someone from a weblog takes time. Personality appears in a context and through time to read many lines of weblog posts and to participate in conversations. And it's even more difficult to learn about someone's network: linking, blogrolls and RSS subscription lists tell a bit, but you never know if linking or blogrolling means regular reading and how many e-mails/IMs/calls were exchanged next to blogging.
At YASNs finding about someone's profile and network doesn't take much time (only invitation or access rights :) The degree and type of connection are still not clear, but at least you know that it was explicitly approved. Browsing through connections is easy and fun.
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