Social Doesn’t Just Mean Friends: It Means Society

dottavi —  16 December 2010 — 1 Comment

Bella riflessione su Harvard Business Review: Unlocking the Mayor Badge of Meaninglessness. E’ una estesa critica al concetto di gamification, ma Ricercare il significato è ovviamente spunto molto più ampio.

It doesn’t matter whether I’m talking to an investor, C-suiter, or an entrepreneur. Most of them — like most of the general public — answer the question, “What does social media mean to you?” with “It’s stuff that helps you make ‘friends, digitally!! Do you want to be my friend?”

“Sure” I usually reply. And then I say: “But thinking of social tools that way is a little bit like using a positronic brain multiplier from the 25th century to tie your shoelaces faster. Here’s a more powerful, resonant — and disruptive — way to think about social media. At the end of the day, conceiving of it purely as tools to help people build larger quantities of less and less meaningful, potent, relevant “relationships” is to minimize its potential — and that might just be exactly what’s holding you back. Think of the “social” in social media the way economists use the word: to represent society. The right function of “social” tools is to give yesterday’s creaking, rusting institutions social — as in societal — significance. Social doesn’t just mean friends — it means society.”

Grassetto mio. Via Robin Good su Twitter.


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