John Dvorak on the Fragility of Social Networking

The always irreverent Dvorak has a new target in his sights: social networks. They aren’t really real, he says, and any of them is ready to fall apart on a moment’s notice.

He has some unique historical perspective on the subject; check it out:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2288738,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03079TX1K0000585

Some choice quotes:

I’m of the opinion that there is no such thing as a real community online. It’s a “pretend” community that we like to feel we’re a part of, but it’s composed of users who could jump ship at any moment, and often do.

A good online community, whether it’s Second Life, Twitter, or something new, is indeed fun to belong to if you have the time or inclination. But please do not take it seriously, and never believe that you’re part of a true community. Get out of your house, and you’ll find the community out there in the street. That’s real.

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