Everyone Will Be Part of a Social Network OR DIE

Google gets in the act. GoogleSpaceBook!

Wonder what this will do, if anything, to the walled gardens.

FWIW, my vote is “not much.” Look at internet dating – you have eHarmony and Match, and you also have Jdate and Atlasphere. (The latter is a site, with a dating service for people trying to live their lives by Ayn Rand’s philosophy. Wow, a dating service for those who say they’re into open marriages, but later turn out to be less enthusiastic when they get moved to the back burner for a younger sex toy?) Look at internet news. You have the CNN, the BBC, and yet people read Matt Drudge on purpose. Just saying, sometimes people want to specialize.



  1. May 12, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    New World of Warcraft command: /LookingForCybermate ! ( /LFC )
    – Places you in the NeedsAMate Queue.
    – Connects you with the most appropriate cyber-partner, based on 10 levels, including… level, gear, faction, play-style, honor points, sexology points, racial preference, typematic rate, oral flexibility, and sex.
    – (Player sex verified within 95% accuracy by having the existing Warden software on your computer scan for key words and phrases such as: ‘hand lotion’, ‘fishing’, ‘beer’, ‘taataas’, ‘hillary clinton’, ‘marsupials’, ‘shoes, shoes, shoes!’, ‘wizard hat’, ‘george foreman grill’, ‘yogurt’, and ‘diet vanilla doctor pepper’.)
    – /LFC command not available for Male Blood Elves.

  2. Robert said,

    May 13, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Depends on exactly how “open” it is. The key I think will be the level of integration on 3rd party web sites (without said 3rd party support) on googles end.

    Plus also how much wallpaper you can have on your profile.
    Blinking text, sparkles?

  3. Lore said,

    May 13, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    “- /LFC command not available for Male Blood Elves.”

    Those exist? 😉

    As long as it doesn’t spam up my inbox with “Random Schmuck challenged you to a pissing contest!” I would probably find it somewhat entertaining. I tend to look at these things purely as toys though, or at the very least efficient ways to give 100,000 people you don’t know your vital personal details.

  4. Aufero said,

    May 14, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I think I’d prefer death.

  5. Scott Jennings said,

    May 15, 2008 at 5:40 am

    FWIW Google already has an entry in the social networking game. It was co-opted by Brazilians for some odd reason.

  6. goemagog said,

    May 17, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    non-essential communication is social networking.

    Goe, telling y’all to catch up with the times.

  7. Phaltran said,

    May 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    What impact it has will be short-lived. Like MMOs, social networks and internet dating sites are fun and exciting at first, but then the environment is spoiled by those wishing to exploit, capitalize, undermine or in general, grief all the patrons of the game/network/site. Even when the service/site is filtered, policed and everything electronic can be done to keep the original intent, someone slips through the cracks, exploits the system, ruins someone’s life, smirches the reputation of the site/service and we hear about it in the news as a “breakdown” or “breach” of the system.

    Whatever someone wishes to create in this world, regardless of how noble or useful, there are decency-challenged twits waiting to bring it crashing down for no good reason.

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