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måndag 28 november 2011

Stick to your closest friends!

In the lecture last week I mentioned Path, the social network founded by Dave Morin (formerly facebook), Shawn Fanning (Napster) and Dustin Mierau. They emphasize on your closest friends and family members. Users are only able to add 50 friends to their network limiting it to people that really matter in your life.

Path - Nervous at Home from Path on Vimeo.

Path - Share Life from Path on Vimeo.

I really like the approach! In our last assignments we also focused on relationships and I for one think social media is changing how we see relationships and interact with people we know. In a network of 50 friends you of course need to make decisions that can be unpleasant for some of your friends that didn't make the cut, but those 50 people really matter to you and you also share very private moments with them, because they are not just some acquaintances.

Here is a short article about the network from Wired.

What do you guys think, how will relationships evolve further in social media? Would you be able to limit your friends to 50 people?

1 kommentar:

  1. Ok, on the one hand, I'm impressed by any social media service that has been inspired by Dunbar and Kahneman (Wired article). The video clips on the other hand didn't say anything that 1000 cell phone operators haven't try to say before and I couldn't really se what the nice pictures had to do with a specific service or (for example) the fact that you can have only 50 friends in Path.

    Again on the other hand, I'm attracted to the idea of "voluntarily" limiting your friendship network to 50 persons and can imagine that the character would be *very* different and in some (perhaps many) respects *better*.