A space to be
Reading Danah Boyd's thoughts on social networks and technology raised some interesting issues for me about networks and affinity spaces. Jim Gee writing about the latter claims that: ‘what people have an affinity with (or for) is not first and foremost the other people using the space, but the endeavour or interest around which the space is organised’. It strikes me that there's a distinction here between a social network established within an affinity space (particularly an online one) and an existing (f2f) network that migrates into virtual space. So, presumably ICQ interest groups are the former rather than the latter.