This is something that we knew already…well my teenagers have known it for about eight months now or maybe more. I have to admit that I am starting to do it now too. Instead of writing a regular email to a friend about my daughter babysitting for them I sent a message through Facebook.
Social Networks are the new E-Mail From March 16, 2009
A recent article published by the BBC has found that online community platforms such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are quickly becoming the preferred method of online communication via and at the expense of more traditional platforms such as stand alone e-mail programs. Programs such as Facebook offer a more community based, integrated approach to digital communication.
Recently, Alison Cavanagh has published an article detailing the rise and factioning of online communities, illuminating many of the positive and negative aspects of web based community as well as some related research issues.