Online social networking sites are wildly popular, regardless of whether you know what they are or not. Sites like Facebook, MySpace, Second Life and LinkedIn, to name a few. Instant Messaging, Blogs, Podcasts, Peer to Peer, Mashups, Amateur Video Directors, Phonecam Paparazzis— all offer people entirely new ways of self expression and reinvention of themselves. These sites allowing people to interact, trade, meet and network. In some ways this is weird to me, so much so that it would require another post to explain my take, but suffice it to say they're here to stay and are a model of what the future holds in a bigger context.
Fora TV hosted an excellent interview with four big players in this arena— Mark Zuckerberg (Founder/CEO - Facebook; MySpaces's Shawn Gold, VP Content and Marketing; Reid Hoffman, Founder/CEO - LinkedIn; and Second Life's Robin Harper, VP Community and Support. The interview was presented by INFORUM– a division of The Commonwealth Club– by and for people in their 20s and 30s, with a mission to inspire debate around civic issues.
At about an hour, this video is longer than most people's attention spans. However if you're remotely interested in this social networking phenomenon (or remotely interested in not being the last to know) and more specifically in the idea of fictional realities and online personalities, carve out some time to listen. If you are, and do, you won't be disappointed.
NOTE: In general, you may also enjoy checking out the FLORA.tv site. It's described as "delivering discourse, discussions and debates on the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation. It provides deep, unfiltered content, tools for self-expression and a place for the interactive community to gather online."
( via The Stingy Scholar )