Social Networks for the Dogs

Brenda sent me a link to this article from the WRAL web site in Raleigh.  It made me chuckle.  It made me ask, “Why didn’t I think of that!”  It made me ask, “Woe!  We have way to much time on our hands.”

At Doggyspace, social networking goes to the dogs :: WRAL.com:

Doggyspace LogoCici confesses on her Web page that she likes to greet everyone by licking their feet.

Dolce admits to being a mamma’s boy. And Jake and Tycho posted a video that chronicles their adventures of rolling around on their backs. It’s not on Facebook or MySpace, but the canine equivalent – Doggyspace.com.

A crossbreed between MySpace and YouTube, Doggyspace allows dog owners from all over the world to come together, create profiles, and share photos and videos of their pups.

The Virginia-based site is part of a growing trend of niche, or content-focused, social networking sites that target interest groups looking to connect with like-minded people.

Then that last sentence struck me, “..trend of niche, or content-focused, social networking sites that target interest groups looking to connect with like-minded people.”  Isn’t that what mailing lists were doing 25 years ago?  What’s the difference?  What’s new?  Well, certainly, there is a lot that is new.  But it’s still people going into containers, where they have access only to people of like minds.

I continue to think that we’re missing something here.  What’s so valuable about my social network is that I connect to people through their ideas and through their reactions to my ideas (positive and negative).

More to come!

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.