….is the kind that happens 3 feet from each other. The best kind of social networking is the face to face interactions that we have with people. I guess, even a skype video conversation – which technically is face to face – is still pretty good. Even though you’re not physically there – there is a sense of copresence that makes the interaction quite real.
Now all the of the skills that are necessary for face to face interaction will work in online social networking. I don’t think that it works the other way though. You might have great skills in an online social network, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be good offline.
In either setting, social networking is something that happens between people – regardless of the medium and whether one is the best kind or not.