[Air-l] social network/ing

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Sun Jul 8 14:57:31 PDT 2007

Malene has done a useful service with her 35 types of social networkING
SOFTWARE perspective.

Not her fault, but I do think it is important to keep social networking
software distinct from the pretty different (and older) tradition of
social network analysis (and theory), etc. (See the first chapter in
Wellman-Berkowitz __Social Structures_ and Linton Freeman's newish book
for a history of SNA.

Actually, I wish the social networking folks would build better tools that
use social network analysis, but so far, there has been little action.

 Barry Wellman

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