Molly Holzschlag has written about web design, markup, and interactive media for many years. Now she writes (Integrated Web Design: Social Networking – The Relationship between Humans and Computers is Coming of Age) about how the living web (without using that term) is connecting people in real ways:
The interaction between community, computers, and society is now being referred to as “social networking,” and it’s making a lot of heads turn. But what is social networking, really, and what does it mean to web technologists? In this compelling article by Molly Holzschlag, you’ll learn what social networking is, which languages are emerging to support it, and what it might mean for the next generation of web design and development.
She describes blogs and YASNSs, puts she also more weight on geographical mapping than most commentators on these topics.