Are social networks starting to act like nations?

07/23/2010 | Economist (free content), The

Facebook has far more users than the U.S. has citizens, and Twitter may soon rival Brazil's population -- and now researchers say social networks are in some ways more akin to sovereign nations than to companies. Social networks need governing, they set policies and develop international relations, this article notes. "Perhaps Facebook is less a nation than a giant transnational movement -- comparable to the Red Cross or the Catholic church -- which has an overarching aim and can speak to governments on something like equal terms," the authors of this article suggest.

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