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November 25, 2008


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Scott Dodds

I like 'circles'; a very useful contrast to groups where the members are interconnected and know each other. I usually think of this as the difference between 'networks' and 'communities' on a larger scale. Looking forward to the next article about power laws across larger communities; in particular, I'm curious what you think the Dunbar number and other descriptions about group interaction and stability have to say about the dynamics of large groups with a shared identity (like enthusiasts in a large online community or 'offline' groups like labor unions, professional organizations or political parties).


I cannot agree more, actually I wrote a similar post weeks ago


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Candace Bogert

The Information and findings about familiar strangers really inspired me a lot. I have the same experiences and I totally accept this point of view about feeling unsecured about taking risk at place where you have no familiar strangers.


I'm just getting started reading your blog (first two articles of the By The Numbers series), and I'm very interested. A few random reactions so far:

- You speak of "circles", but you diagram spirals. Would it be useful to recognize the differences and similarities?

- In "Bowling Alone", Robert Putnam speaks of two kinds of social capital: bonding (that holds groups together) and bridging (that relates a group to "others"). Would this distinction be useful in your model(s)?

- I've got a tentative start at a project intended to explore all aspects of communities, in particular the aspects that affect a community's health, resilience, and relationships to its environment (including other communities, of course). See my URL from this comment. I suspect I'll be referencing your work.


The different kind of 'circles' we have in the social networking are included in the reality friends we have now.The thing is, people don't really go out much now, but instead they are just trying to connect with these 'circles' we have in order to communicate. Some are really risking to go out beyond circles to explore. And this what social networking can do. Thanks, great read!

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