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I think it's pretty amazing how fast the social networks are growing. Even something like Hi5 which is almost totally off the U.S.'s radar is making big gains. Really, I think finding a social network is also dependent on what you want to do with it. LinkedIn is still the only one that I really know about that is locked in on the business community. The others are still more in the entertainment and socializing area.

Megan Fitzgerald]

Thanks for the comments Jim.

The funny thing is that the lines between personal and professional are really blurring. We meet people on social networks and take the relationship off the network and into another forum if there are common business interests. Strong connections can be built with those with common personal interests...I myself have moved online personal relationships to the business realm.

Facebook is just an example of how business will capitalize on the critical mass of people and access to large targeted populations with particular preferences.

It will be interesting to see how things evolve. But for sure it's happening quickly...


You definitely have a point about blurring lines. I don't think that the big social networks, though, will be where business happens in the future. My money is more with things like Ning. Maybe a lot of business connections will get made in FB in the future, but something like Ning will become kind of the perpetual business mixer for any and all kinds of topics. Consider this Ning site for social media people: http://socialnewscentral.ning.com/. But as you said, it'll be fun to see how it turns out. =)

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