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I don't think I have seen you refer to Ning.com, which offers the chance to create a dedicated social networking site very easily.

http://www.ning.com/

It is clearly a lot smaller than facebook, but gains by not being associated with a particular age group in the way that facebook and myspace appear to be.

Thanks Ian
I have used Ning, and agree it is great for a dedicated networking site. The advantage in Facebook, for some things, is that there are already lots of people/friends there - so you don't have to recruit, or help people understand how to use the system.

My problem with Facebook is that it doesn't seem to have any members over about 25, so I was surprised to see it being used in the context of the RSA. I have no problems with that per se, but it seems to be a disadvantage for more 'serious' applications which need to attract a wide range of people.

I suppose however it is like sites like flickr, big enough to hold lots of discrete groups that never need to overlap.

Ian - Facebook has changed a lot. I'm definitely over 25, and so are almost all my friends there. Worth taking another look.

I'm 51 and partner's 50! But anyway, the really interesting (alarming) thing is how quickly hoards of people move from one system to another. Our children (aged between 21 and 25) enticed us onto MySpace but then, in a matter of weeks they (and all their friends) had moved to FaceBook. It all feels very trascient. I'm looking forward to the day when we can all stay where we are and somehow still collaborate and work together without having to gather somewhere else . . .

i am writing in just to connect and show support at this point. i entirely believe that RSA official and unofficial is wonderful eg full of wonder and for such an old entity that is gorgeous...i have become more fully myself through meeting fellows at the RSA and slowly i am shuffling towards my goals through such mutual reinforcement ... i welcome interaction in all its many forms all the very best Sarah

Dumb question .. What is the RSA and why is it so important? (Royal Society for the Arts). I've seen it mentioned in many places recently, and I don't understand why. Is it simply because I'm not from England?

Jack - some dumb questions are the best ones. Why is the RSA important? It's where old-style conversation and policy development, started 250 years ago in a coffee shop, is meeting new-style aided by social media. That push is being led by CEO Matthew Taylor, a former policy adviser to Tony Blair now promoting a non-party agenda of social action. New media types are interested in exploring the possible mix of f2f and online. And 26,000 people are members. Good networking opportunities. I've sent you an invite to our Open RSA group in Facebook. Do ask the question again there!

Thanks Sarah - membership of Open RSA has grown to 98 in a few days. Do join us!

Have I missed something? The Facebook group is a group with a discussion board (very 1997), a "Wall", the ability to post events ("Calendar") and not much else. How is this revolutionary?

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