Social networks ‘are new e-mail’


Status updates on sites such as Facebook, Yammer, Twitter and Friendfeed are a new form of communication, the South by SouthWest Festival has heard.

“We are all in the process of creating e-mail 2.0,” David Sacks, founder of business social network Yammer said.

Tens of millions of people are using social networks to stay in touch.The growth in such services is being heralded as the start of the real-time, pervasive web.

‘New communication’

Mr Sacks said: “What people want to do on social network these days is post status updates. We think it’s all people want to do.”

Yammer is an enterprise social network, designed to facilitate communication within companies and organisations.

It is one of a growing number of services that lets users share micro-updates. Other services have a richer mix of content, including sharing photos and video, and allowing comments from people within your social network, building a so-called activity stream.”I think it’s a new form of communication; not quite e-mail, more lightweight and more real time, often with little bit of a publishing flavour to it,” said Paul Buchheit, founder of FriendFeed, and the creator and lead developer of GMail, while at Google.

FriendFeed lets users share content from other services, such as Twitter and Flickr, and comment directly on the postings in real-time.

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