The World Wide Web as Social Hypertext by Thomas Erickson
Doing a google search for a Tommy Erikson I stumbled across this article. Very interesting and a topic I mulled over quite a bit since creating this blog. Is it for professional development or personal expression? Or both?
Clearly, the desire to construct personal portrayals is a deep seated human trait. I believe that this is one of the key drivers behind the expansion of the world wide web. The mix of the professional and the personal is fraught with potential. On the positive side it enables new search strategies based on our social knowledge, it lowers the social cost of accessing and sharing information, and it makes the web a more interesting and engaging place. On the negative side, it creates a host of new opportunities for social gaffes, and defines a new realm in which tensions between organizations and individuals may be manifested. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and whether the tensions can be resolved without losing the provocative blend of personal and professional that can engender social activity.
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