An observation from Slate.com that adds item 12. to my splurge on the above topic (see these posts from
earlier in the week on the Social and Information Web Drug):
12. Social media is the new provider of social currency
Defining social currency as ‘The phrase, which comes from sociology, is often used to describe the information we acquire and then trade—or give away—to start, maintain, and nurture relationships with our fellow humans’
Christopher Carfi has a great post on social currency that expands further
So, particularly the tools of social media that aggregate/ channel/ filter and weight information are providing multiple opportunities to socially interact by trading ever more pertinent, timely and (to the individual hoping to interact) valuable information.
Those face to face ‘watercooler moments’ are being replaced by snipping content, feeding, streaming and adding to comments…..