My ramblings on the stuff that holds it all together
Are Social Networks are Manipulating the Future?
I’ve noticed a growing trend recently, I use LinkedIn to keep track of people I meet via work and it’s quite handy (and my organic memory is pretty useless at this) I also use Twitter to keep an eye out on what’s going on in my professional world as a lot of people use it and I use Facebook in a similar manner to stay in touch with friends and family in a slightly more closed way.
Several times in the last couple of months I’ve met people at work or out at customers, events and social occasions and have recognised their names (and maybe even their faces if I squinted enough) although I had never met them in-person or worked with their organisation before in my life.
I think I’ve just realised why – Most social networks have a “people you may know” feature and I think a lot of them have probably popped up on it at some point recently or been re-tweeted on Twitter, I’ve tracked 2 or 3 of these occurrences in the last couple of weeks.
LinkedIn obviously has some uber algorithm that looks at your networks and consults some kind of magic 8-ball to predict your future and who you are most likely to bump into – or, more sinisterly – are social networks really Skynet in the cloud and are they manipulating society to it’s own evil ends via a “social” network? engineering business and social relationships with people it deems suitable or beneficial to helping you achieve its own goals?
So, there you have it – Social Networks know the future, or they are all a giant cloud robot that will kill us all in the end, or maybe even there is a single Dr.Evil behind it all
..nurse, where are my tablets… /EOF
[normal scheduled programming will resume next week]