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Who are our friends?

April 29th, 2011 by Graham Attwell
Tim Hume’s reflections on social networking following listening to a talk by talk by the anthropologist Robin Dunbar — “who famously posited that most humans can only handle around 150 social relationships.”
To these lies of social software I would add:
– Toy communicate with each of your friends in the same way
and
– You want to communicate the same things to all of your friends
clipped from gigaom.com

And they’re pretty bang on:

As a result, he has outlined what he calls four “lies of social software:”  the set of assumptions almost every social service online makes, despite the fact that there is ample evidence that they’re wrong.

  • Your friends are arranged into discrete groups
  • Your friends are equally important
  • You can manage hundreds of friends
  • Friendship is reciprocal and equal
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