“For users, Web2.0 was all about reorganizing web-based practices around
Friends. For many users, direct communication tools like email and IM
were used to communicate with one’s closest and dearest while online
communities were tools for connecting with strangers around shared
interests. Web2.0 reworked all of that by allowing users to connect in
new ways. While many of the tools may have been designed to help people
find others, what Web2.0 showed was that people really wanted a way to
connect with those that they already knew in new ways. Even tools like
MySpace and Facebook which are typically labeled social networkING
sites were never really about networking for most users. They were
about socializing inside of pre-existing networks.”

–dana boyd, talk given at microsoft, feb 2009

“For users, Web2.0 was all about reorganizing web-based practices around
Friends. For many users, direct communication tools like email and IM
were used to communicate with one’s closest and dearest while online
communities were tools for connecting with strangers around shared
interests. Web2.0 reworked all of that by allowing users to connect in
new ways. While many of the tools may have been designed to help people
find others, what Web2.0 showed was that people really wanted a way to
connect with those that they already knew in new ways. Even tools like
MySpace and Facebook which are typically labeled social networkING
sites were never really about networking for most users. They were
about socializing inside of pre-existing networks.”

–dana boyd, talk given at microsoft, feb 2009