Home & Office Computing
The Web/Virtual Worlds/Social Networking
This chapter is from the book
- The main thesis of The Social Factor is that three forces led to the revolution we call the Social Age: information overload created during the Information Age, standardization of technology that has commoditized key conduits of communication such as pervasive devices like cell phones, and low-cost two-way Internet communication including wikis and other social networking tools.
- Technology revolutions are more appropriately thought of as iterative evolutions from less-effective and less-efficient predecessors to solutions that provide more value to society. An example is the telegraph evolving into the wireless telegraph and eventually into the radio.
- Faster and lower cost of communication combined with standardization leads to more rapid market penetration of technologies.
- The enormous social networking capabilities of the cell phone are transforming it into a genuine social extension for the user.
- Social networking tools are an excellent way to manage the overwhelming flood of information generated by the fast pace of our society.