***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hello all, I have just posted to my blog some initial thoughts about the relationship between common perceptions of time and social networks. I would appreciate comments, reactions, suggestions and criticism. The full article can be seen at http://blogs.jigzaw.com/?p=30, below are my first few paragraphs to summarize my thoughts. "Recently I have begun to explore a thesis about the relationship between the perception of time (more on this follows) and social networks/social identity. Here is the rough outline of my ideas and some thoughts of how to further explore these ideas. I am seeking comment, feedback, examples, and suggestions about how to refine these ideas and how to test them. Thesis: Our temporal framework defines not just the events we attend, watch, pay attention to and prepare for, but serve to frame and define our role within social networks Implications: Assuming this these is true, it should be possible to construct and map unknown social networks through capturing how the individual actors perceive time, those individuals paying attention to the same events (perhaps in the same manner) could be mapped as being part of the same social networks. For example, within the individuals working for the same company, those individuals working towards the same client deadlines could be mapped as being part of one specific client/practice organized social network. Likewise, extending the data beyond just corporate events, those individuals who are following the same sporting events could be mapped into distinct and likely different social networks (NASCAR followers vs. Baseball Fans vs. American Football fans vs. Cricket followers vs. Soccer/Football fans etc. )..." I will be posting further on this idea but as well I hope to build a simple web application to start to capture data and test some of these implications, I would be very interested in hearing from anyone interested in collaborating on that work. The first of these applications would allow individuals to "tag" time in a variety of ways and then map those individuals into a variety of social networks. Thanks, Shannon Shannon Clark Founder, MeshForum "Connecting Networks" www.meshforum.org [log in to unmask] Skype: rycaut Work: 1.312.202.0212 _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.