Compared with other forms of human interaction, online social networking is really not all that social.
People visit each otherâ€™s MySpace pages and Facebook profiles at various hours of the day, posting messages and sending e-mail back and forth across the digital void. Itâ€™s like an endless party where everybody shows up at a different time and slaps a yellow Post-it note on the refrigerator.
Now a new wave of Silicon Valley companies is bringing live socializing back into a medium that has, in the parlance of the technologists, grown overly asynchronous.
The New York Times writes about a new wave of Silicon Valley companies that are bringing live socializing into online social networking Web sites: