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Social Graph Articles
The Term Social Networking
Article: "How to Avoid Sounding Like a Monkey," by Dave Winer of Scripting News. Discusses how the general term "graph" is a network of nodes similar to the notion of the graph studied in mathematics. Explains how social graphs and social networks are similar in meaning and why the term social network is less confusing for the general public to understand.
Building an Open Social Graph
Article; "Building an Open Social Graph," from Plaxo. Discusses Plaxo's Online Identity Consolidator for building an open social graph, user privacy issues and user rights. Explains how adding rel="me" to a link tag allows people and computers to see which websites you visit. Includes source code to start publishing rel="me" links.
We Are Opening the Social Graph
Article: "We are Opening the Social Graph," by David Ricordon of Six Apart. Discusses privacy issues, OpenID technology and the Microformats, hCard, XFN and FOAF. Explains how open technologies help you manage your networks and view your relationships across services and platforms in one place.
Social Graph-iti
Article: "Social Graph-iti," from The Economist Print Edition. Defines the social graph and how it applies to social networks such as Facebook and others. Discusses Mark Zuckerberg's announcement of the Facebook Developer Platform, Google's social network Orkut and Plaxo (a company that helps synchronize address books and plans to turn the books into social graphs). Discusses how Metcalfe's Law (which states that the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of system users) relates to the network effects of communication technologies and networks. Also discusses how the social networking company, Ning lets users build their own social networks, and how brands can utilize the social graph to design experiences that will engage users and their friends.

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Update :: October 22, 2018