[Air-l] social network migration

Michael Zimmer michael.zimmer at nyu.edu
Mon Jul 2 14:53:36 PDT 2007

That's why I'd argue for data portability, not aggregation. Allow my  
to choose my own context for which to share my personal information.  
If I tire of the culture at Facebook, I should be able to easily port  
my profile to another site.


On Jul 2, 2007, at 4:23 PM, 'Gail Taylor wrote:

> I am hesitant to say 'yes' to the suggestion there should be a way  
> to aggregate social networking sites. I think it would lead to  
> homogenization of practices for the user, who is currently having a  
> 'multi-cultural' experience interacting with others in various  
> online spaces. For example, the culture of Facebook is similar, but  
> also different, than what one might expect hanging out in MySpace  
> or other product that enables networking with others. This approach  
> to aggregating processes is also one that decontextualizes  
> information that is extracted from other souces, as opposed to  
> allowing the user to interact in an environment where the  
> information would be contextualized. There would be advantages and  
> drawbacks to this approach. Depending on the knowledge and  
> expertise of the people developing the aggregator, the program  
> could be great or not so great for the end user.
> /Gail
> ---------------------------------------
> Gail D. Taylor, M.Ed.
> University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
> Human Resource Education Ph.D. Student
> Educational Psychology Teaching Assistant
> Library & Information Science Research Assistant
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