The era of Facebook is an anomaly
Speaking to The Verge, author and Microsoft Researcher Danah Boyd put into words a feeling that many of us have had about social networking for a while: “The era of Facebook is an anomaly”.
"The idea of everybody going to one site is just weird. Give me one other part of history where everybody shows up to the same social space.
"Fragmentation is a more natural state of being. Is your social dynamic interest-driven or is it friendship-driven? Are you going there because there’s this place where other folks are really into anime, or is this the place you’re going because it’s where your pals from school are hanging out?
"That first [question] is a driving function."
With luck this idea will continue to propagate. It’s odd that our social identities are locked into certain domains. Imagine not being able call users on other mobile networks. Why do we allow this in social?