ReadWriteWeb has an excellent summary of the idea that online relationships between people can be described in terms of a “Social Graph” that defines and to some extent dictates those relationships.
I guess I’m OK with a lot of the faux complexity that Social GraphOlogy is going to bring the table, though it would sure be nice if Tech folks and academics could just talk about things in the simple terms they deserve. All this stuff, and most of the internet, is about the intersection of information with *human relationships*. We are talking about basic sociology here, and I’m not sure it’s going to be helpful to redifine things with new terminology when it’s not really needed. The Social Graph recognizes and defines online human relationships. Couldn’t we just talk about this in the same way we talk about other things and preface everything with “online”? Probably not, because that won’t socially graph well enough.