Compare and Contrast: Explicit vs. Implicit Social Nets

Explicit vs Implicit Social Nets

"Email is the ultimate social network. If you take all the people I email with regularly, you'll quickly figure out my top relationships. Then you can build a social network out of that. And that's exactly what Google did with Buzz. But what I learned from that experience is that email is not one social network, it is many.
Many of the people that Buzz suggested I follow are people that I would never think of following on Twitter or friending on Facebook.
If you compare Google Latitude, where you broadcast your location, to Foursquare, where you explicitly checkin to a location, I think you'll agree that the explicit gesture is better."

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