Blogging was where we began, and how we built our company so we have preserved this archive to show how our thinking developed over a decade of developing the use of social technology inside organisations

From networked individualism to “we” blogs


George Por’s Blog of Collective Intelligence today posted an article called From networked individualism to “we” blogs that suggests weblogging narcism and beauty contests are a teenage characteristic and blogs will (hopefully) grow up to develop Collective Intelligence. It is a nice thought
It also quotes somebody who quotes Matt Jones, who quotes Krebs, Burt and others whose work helps inform social software development. Matt Jones’ piece here is worth re-reading as well.

2 Responses to From networked individualism to “we” blogs

  1. By Barry Wellman on May 21, 2005 at 3:48 pm

    Gosh, I invented the term/concept “networked individualism”. It’s great to see it used, but I wish my invention had been acknowledged.

  2. By Lee Bryant on May 31, 2005 at 11:14 am

    Hello Barry,
    You certainly deserve a mention here. It is no exaggeration to say that the concept of networked individualism put forward in your original paper was a breakthrough idea for me, and was influential on our 1993 paper ( that was our first attempt to define our new company’s direction.