Friday, February 06, 2004

Social Networking - Online Communities

orkut Logo

Interesting to see how many people are posting about orkut and how much of a buzz it has going. Capturing the curiosity of people can bring about a frenzy. It will be interesting to see if people feel the same way about orkut once they get in. One article stated that a person paid $11 online to get an invitation. Funny.

I have not delved into the online community scene much, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it appears the biggest use is searching for a date. As it is in it's infancy, it could be that the community, knowledge sharing, etc.. will grow as it does.

Will it survive and is it worth it. Time will tell.

Is being in such a gated community any different or any better than sharing ideas and info via the blogging community for all to see? I guess the thought is that bad apples won't get it. Well when someone wants to make a buck and will sell an invite on e-bay then it sounds like the bad apple is already in and openly inviting more.

If you want to find out more you can simply search on "orkut". Hmm, where would one search for info on something that is affiliated with Google. If you want to see info in the news, then try the News (Beta) search on Google.

You can also follow these links for more thoughts:

Anti-Mega - orkut
Anti-Mega - The fatal flaw of formalized social networking.

arve bersvendsen - Why you should read Terms of Services and Privacy Policies

An MIT Enterprise Technology Review - I want to be your friend! - Google's Orkut gets back online

Online Business Networking - "OK, I’m in!"—Orkut’s exclusive launch triggers small world effect in real-time - Google Breaks Ice With Orkut Latest to launch social network

Thanks for the invite Sarah.

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