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Monkey-Proof Naming

So it seems that Dave Winer thinks that my friend (though some may argue otherwise) brad and the rest of us shouldn't be using the term "social graph". "Social Graph" is a horrible term when dealing with non-geeks and even for geeks it elicits arguments about what type of graph it actually is.

So yes Dave, we are all talking about "social networks"! That said, I do think there is value in respecting Zuckerburg's prior uses of the phrase. So what about a compromise, "graph" for geeks and "network" for everyone else?


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Sep. 22nd, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
Sep. 22nd, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
Sep. 22nd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Pretty much, yeah.
Sep. 22nd, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
Yes that makes sense
Sure. It was just bothering me when I saw reporters, lawyers and VCs struggling to explain the diff betw a social network and a social graph and getting it horribly wrong. They really are confused.
Sep. 22nd, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Graph has the advantage you can talk about directed vs. undirected graphs, the edges, and other properties of the graph, using the same set of vocabulary which is already well-defined and undisputed. After all, we're using this to talk amongst ourselves to solve problems, not talking to users yet anyway.

Sep. 23rd, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
I was a little confused at the Facebook Platform launch when Zuckerberg used that phrase. I don't know that "social network" is a better or less technical phrase, but its one that people are more used to.

Separate from all that I don't know that either of those terms are great for describing to people what we want to open or giving them much of an idea of the potential of it.

PS: Dave Winer is mad.
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