It’s a phenomenon which seems to have come from nowhere, but in fact computer-based social networks have been around for decades. In this three-part series the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan Jones traces the hidden story of social networking, from the early days of computing and the 60s counterculture through to the businesses worth billions today. From their roots in utopian experiments in California, online social networks spread around the world. In the past few years companies such as Facebook and Twitter have captivated millions of users. But what will be the next big thing in social networking, and how is it changing our lives? This series was originally broadcast in three weekly parts from 26 January 2011.
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On this podcast, Cathi Bond talks about the Civil War Today, and Virginia Heffernan’s take on it (via New York Times). Cathi likes the idea of an immersive ‘you are there’ historical experience, but Nora wants more context. What do you think? Meanwhile, Nora Young points to Trendwatching’s May briefing on The F Factor: “F” as in “friend.” Social shopping and social recommenders are certainly taking off, but Nora wonders if more people need to do it (or at least more of her friends) to boost the value of recommendations. Perhaps they work best as a rough and ready guide to topics you don’t know a lot about.
Does the existence of hope unfulfilled make for a worse life? Medieval historian Philip Daileader says it might. People in places like 12th and 13th century France lived far more constrained economic lives than we do, but they had no expectations that their situations would ever improve.