Social Networks Offer a Way to Narrow the Field of Friends
|May 16, 2011||Posted by admin under DECLARE - Network/Interview|
Social Networks Offer a Way to Narrow the Field of Friends by Jenna Wortham and Claire Cain Miller provided by The New York Times
There are times when you just have to tell your friends about something — but not necessarily your Facebook friends.
Just ask Becca Akroyd. When Ms. Akroyd, a 29-year-old lawyer in Sacramento, Calif., wanted to share a picture of her new vegetable garden, she didn’t turn to Facebook. Instead she posted it on Path, a service that lets people share pictures, videos and messages with a small group.
The people I have on my Path are the people who are going to care about the day-to-day random events in my life, or if my dog does something funny,” Ms. Akroyd said. “On Facebook, I have colleagues or family members who wouldn’t necessarily be interested in those things — and also that I wouldn’t necessarily want to have view those things.”
Path, which limits friend groups to 50, is among a new crop of Web services that allow people to connect with a handful of friends in a private group. Users get the benefits of sharing without the strangeness that can result when social worlds collide on Facebook. Other start-ups in this anti-oversharing crowd include