Facebook as a collaborative environment

Peter Brantley’s got a really good post about going to an academic conference and seeing how quickly and intuitively the 30-something attendees used FB to organized work group tools amongs themselves–and how few of the 40-somethings had FB accounts.
The money quote:
“What I learned, and what was new to me, was just how intrinsic the use of Facebook is today among younger scholars – grad students and junior faculty – in their scholarship and teaching. Facebook, for now, is often the place where they work, collaborate, share, and plan. Grad students may run student projects using Facebook groups; they may communicate amongst each other in inter-institutional (multi-university) research projects; they may announce speakers and special events to their communities ”