So much for my goal of becoming a more organized blogger in 2012. After two wicked storms featuring wild winds that delivered snow and freezing rain and toppled trees over the power lines leaving us without power for almost two days each time – I’m back. I have trashed my schedule and started over.
As I’m still contemplating which social networks to invest my time and energy into this year, I’m keeping my eyes open for Facebook News and Google Plus news. Here are some interesting Facebook updates.
Coren Apicella, a research fellow in the Christakis lab at Harvard Medical School, spent the summer of 2010 traveling around the remote Lake Eyasi region of Tanzania with the Hadza, one of the last remaining populations of hunter-gatherers on the planet. Their lives offer a window into our past—and clues about the evolution of cooperation. Within the Hadza community, cooperators cluster together, preventing self-interested individuals from destroying the social fabric. What’s more, the architecture of the Hadza social network matches that of modern social networks. These findings were published January 26, 2012, in Nature.
Dawn of Social Networks: Hunter-gatherers Provide Clues About the Evolution of Cooperation
Europe is dominating the Facebook numbers, and has the most users out of any continent, with the number currently standing at 223 million, followed by North America at 219 million, and Asia and 202 million users.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has quietly released details of plans to continuously monitor the global output of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, offering a rare glimpse into an activity that the FBI and other government agencies are reluctant to discuss publicly. The plans show that the bureau believes it can use information pulled from social media sites to better respond to crises, and maybe even to foresee them. via FBI releases plans to monitor social networks
How has online social networking changed communication? In online social networking, talking to strangers has become the norm. Every day bloggers seek out other bloggers who share common interests while they evade and avoid spammers and scammers.
The key element of the Hadza model is the ability for all participants who are known to one another face-to-face to sever relationships at will. The study’s findings describe elements of social network structures that may have been present early in human history and suggest how our ancestors may have formed ties based on shared interests and the inclination to cooperate.
The foundation for social networking is cooperation and trust. In an online community there is a difference from the Hadza model. The use of pseudonyms means we can sever relationships with people we have never met face-to-face and begin under a new identity in the same social network or in another one. Have you ever severed online relationships and started anew under another identity?