The Real World Still Exists

This is a follow up to my previous post;

A variety of new Twitter features have made it even easier to find people in your neighborhood, city or region.  Twitter lists allows you to create a group of  people in a similar niche, or geographical area. Now with geotagged tweets that process is automated.

The release of Foursquare to a bunch of new cities takes interacting on online spaces and connects it with offline.

Social networks are realizing that online tools serve one purpose – to make connecting offline easier.

We  are starting to really see Jeff Jarvis’ ideas of hyper-local come to fruition (he focuses on the news industry, but I think there are ramifications beyond that).

But still a lot of people are just realizing that you can no longer hide behind the Internet.

The word ‘social’ is in social media for a reason.

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  • http://twitter.com/karenswim Karen D. Swim

    Titus, great points. It has been an interesting to watch the changes as our use of these online tools matures. I am noticing that it's no longer enough to show up but we long to create true connection, so we seem to be gravitating toward tools that facilitate interaction rather than broadcast.

  • http://brianfrank.ca Brian Frank

    “You can no longer hide behind the internet” is great — reminds me of the guy who quit his job (Mathew Ingram blogged about it a few days ago) after a community moderator called his employer to complain about comments he left. That line between online and offline is disappearing.

  • http://www.phronk.com phronk

    Very true. Social media has certainly allowed me to connect with a lot of local people.

    Still no Foursquare in London though eh? I'm interested to see what it's like (and if it can top Gowalla).

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  • http://twitter.com/karenswim Karen D. Swim

    Titus, great points. It has been an interesting to watch the changes as our use of these online tools matures. I am noticing that it's no longer enough to show up but we long to create true connection, so we seem to be gravitating toward tools that facilitate interaction rather than broadcast.

  • http://brianfrank.ca Brian Frank

    “You can no longer hide behind the internet” is great — reminds me of the guy who quit his job (Mathew Ingram blogged about it a few days ago) after a community moderator called his employer to complain about comments he left. That line between online and offline is disappearing.

  • http://www.phronk.com phronk

    Very true. Social media has certainly allowed me to connect with a lot of local people.

    Still no Foursquare in London though eh? I'm interested to see what it's like (and if it can top Gowalla).

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