While over at socnet, there is a discussion of how “social networks” has become totally co-opted and stolen by the rise of the social networking sites/services (MySpace, Facebook, Okrut, LinkedIn, etc), i stumbled on to the new HP TouchSmart computer marketing campaign. By the way, the author of the post above, Guy Hagen, is totally correct that social networks are as old as the species while SNS are, well, younger.
(I wonder what is the first SNS? Orkut? Tribe.net? It would be nice to have a brief history of SNS. What would minimal definition be? Profiles+relationship building+messaging system… Is that enough?)
The HP touchSmart, which looks pretty cool, bills itself as the one machine that will enable you to manage your digital life. “It puts your digital life at your fingertips giving you instant access to info, entertainment, and social networks.” So, not only has social networks as a term become a whole genre of applications, but even a class of functions like photography, word processing, or data management.