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danah boyd blogs about the poor definition of 'social network' in the
> On topics for which i feel as though i do have some authority, i'm
> often embarrassed by what appears at Wikipedia. Take the entry for
> social network: "A social network is when people help and protect each
> other in a close community. It is never larger than about 150 people."
> You have *got* to be kidding me. Aside from being a patently wrong and
> naive misinterpretation of research, this definition reveals what
> happens when pop cultural understandings of concepts become
The latest definition [Jan 4, 2005] for Social Network on Wikipedia is
> A social network is when people help and protect each other in a close
> community. It is never larger than about 150 people: the Law of 150
> says that this is the best size for a village or large clan. Many
> experts think that a corporation has an ideal size of about 70 people:
> these people and their spouses would also fit as a large social
Any *real* experts want to fix the fallacies? Wikipedia is a
multi-contribution document based on the Wiki technology... anyone can
edit. Click on 'edit this page' tab.
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