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

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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 (http://www.headshift.com/archives/000092.cfm) that was our first attempt to define our new company’s direction.