social and anti-social: networking vs blogging

And now for something completely different: an acknowledgement of complete and utter ignorance. A thought hit me today …

Why do some people blog, and others join social networks?

In other words, why are so many millions joining MySpace and other social networking sites, and so many other millions (but definitely few millions) creating their own blogs – whether on services like WordPress.com or Blogger or Typepad, or just on their own servers?

Are those of us who make our own blogs more independent? Iconoclastic? Individualistic? Less socially needy? Or do we want contact with many other people also, but in a less structured, broader context where we have more individual control?

I wonder about crossover. How many have MySpace accounts, FaceBook accounts, and their own separate blogs. And here I’m not thinking about people who blog and have a MySpace account to just sort of stay in touch with what others are doing – I fit in that category too. But if I log into my MySpace account once in a month’s time there’s something unusual going on. How many blog and use a social networking service regularly?

I wonder …

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By the way, don’t interpret the title of this post to mean that I think blogging is anti-social and social networking is social. It’s just a title, meant to get your attention. Guess it worked. 😉

[tags] myspace, facebook, blogging, social networking, john koetsier [/tags]

 


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