Thursday, January 24, 2008
Can online networkers 'poke' in real life?

People who don’t do MySpace, Facebook or similar sites usually moan that they prefer real life social networking, deeming avid fans losers who chat to their pretend friends in secluded dingy bedrooms.

While the rest of us are “poking” or posting on “funwalls”, they are out pressing the flesh, chewing ears, slipping business cards into wallets and no doubt harping on about people who waste their time on the Internet.

The two worlds collided this week at the meeting of big business cheeses and global leaders that is the World Economic Forum. A seminar titled: “Add a Friend: Accept or Decline” lured online community leaders out into the schmoozing open.

So the question is: Can online social networkers do it in real life?

The answer is yes. With gusto.

There was a raucuous hubbub of conversation at the seminar as key figures from business and blogosphere came face-to-face.

As far as I know there was no poking, but plenty of gentle ribbing from networking rivals -- a rather flushed Reid Hoffman, chairman of LinkedIn, absorbed a heckling as he outlined ideas for improving Internet interaction.

Plenty of actual LOL followed blogging legend Robert Scoble’s account of getting booted off Facebook for violating the site’s rules and abusing the trust of his 5,000 “friends”.

Much of the discussion focused on how social sites are miscast as work distractions and how they can in fact drive the workplace, with anecdotes of businesses tapping innovative skills beyond company boundaries through the Internet.

Given the professions of those attending the seminar, it was no surprise that some were blogging the event as it happened, cutting edge cell phones and computers glowing from every table.

But at the end of the evening, these digital pioneers abandoned their electronics and indulged in a bit old school networking – swapping business cards.

From Digital Producer Barry Neild in Davos
Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg created one of the most trafficked sites on the Web and became a paper billionaire as a result. But ongoing lawsuits suggest that Facebook's origins are murkier than Zuckerberg would like to admit. Is the man many are calling Harvard’s next Bill Gates telling the truth?

most of the world meets , chats and interacts on line nowadays and there may be chance that the person may be beside you in a sub but you may not know him/her by his face ...

world has changed and chenged for ever.. Wrold Economic Forum is the best chance to knowing a person in person .
Swaping of business cards and Add a friend is good way to know each other
Two people at this year's Davos event know social networking well- Bono and Gore. Yet they are also two of the most well-traveled. I think social networking and traditional networking in many cases complement each other.

It's why online social media are typically utilized in social marketing efforts on the ground, with the objective being to inspire personal action(s) for a cause.

there is a concept of dis-intermediation to re-intermediation, which has been firstly used by eBay, Dell and Amazon and now MySpace and Facebook - we may take a guess - how would these 2 look like in years time.
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