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slagging social software

the guardian takes a half-hearted whack at social software . although it's not entirely coherent, it does get bonus points for capturing the lack of consensus on what exactly social software is :

"Social software is the next big thing: everybody's talking about it. A lot of people are developing exciting new programs to aid social interaction. Social software is being massively overhyped. It's just a sideshow run by a few geeks with a tenuous grip on reality. Social software isn't new: we've been using it for decades. We already have email, Usenet newsgroups, chatrooms, instant messaging, bulletin boards, multi-user games and more. Social software isn't a new technology at all, it just reflects changes in society. Take your pick..."

beyond being a nifty umbrella to organize all the things that prove that "it's the communication, stupid" , i'm not sure how useful the phrase is. i hereby predict that it will die the horrible that awaits every bit of buzzword bingo that means all things to all people - meaninglessness.

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5/08/2003 09:00:00 PM 0 comments


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