The fatal flaw in Facebook's social graph

11/10/2011 | Pinboard Blog

The "social graph" upon which social networks are built is a crude approximation of real-world relationships, suggesting that most social networks are inherently flawed, Maciej Ceglowski writes. Just as portals such as CompuServe and AOL gave way to more natural ways of accessing information online, so Facebook and Google+ will be replaced by messier, subtler ways of representing relationships, Ceglowski writes. "It's just a matter of waiting things out, and leaving ourselves enough freedom to find some interesting, organic, and human ways to bring our social lives online," he writes.

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