I have been blogging recently, again, on the question of the misuse of the word ‘friends’ in the social networking world. The use of the word ‘contacts’ by Linkedin may be a better use of the English language than ‘friends’ by Facebook.
Interesting developments recently from Facebook – it would seem that privacy and the meaning of ‘friendship’ are beginning to be of concern to Facebook.
The latest is the introduction of the ‘Subscribe’ button. This looks like the introduction of Twitter type ‘follow’ functionality – in Facebook context. Will be interesting to see how the Facebook community takes to this option. Looks like we will all get to choose the level of updates we will be bombarded with my our ‘friends’.
One can only wonder whether it has been the emergence of Google+ which has finally brought some real changes in Facebook and how its user community are treated. (Perhaps no different to Ryanair beginning to be a little bit more passenger conscious as it seeks to compete for business passengers?)