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The Convergence of the Public and Private in Online Spaces

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    I was at a business event in Silicon Valley 4 or 5 years ago (I think it was the dinner at the annual Asia-America Multi-Industry Association (AAMA) Connect conference) where in-house social networks were being touted as the Next Big Thing. If they haven’t caught on since then, it could be because the public sites are more cost-effective — much the way that the zillions of start-up “online peer-to-peer exchanges” so popular ca. 1999-2000 were killed by Yahoo Messenger and other free chat services.

  2. A.J., That makes a tremendous amount of sense–the transaction costs of starting them up may outweigh the costless move to Facebook. But I have seen the Govt do so, i.e., the State Dept created its own SNS for cultural exchange students, and perhaps the value add may in time become clear. Thanks so much for the feedback. Danielle