(edited to make links clickable) — As explained near the bottom of http://www.SocialTechnology.ca/diagrams.html pool size is all important. The quality of social connections is intimately tied to the number of candidates from which they were chosen. In my novels (all e-books), I have addressed this problem over and over, with not enough success. But towards the end of “Harmony and Matching”, the third and shortest, I did come up with a very interesting approach. Offering free support for non-profit organizations could be used to lure them into a pool of unusually committed individuals.
Of course that could not compare with the advantages of getting Facebook or Google to take this seriously, still, it would be a start. I have in fact been contacted by one person wanting to do just this, provide support for worthy causes. I have almost unlimited resources on this website, and use little of them, so I am offerring subdomains and some software setup help to non-profit organizations.
( Whether this will accomplish anything or just eat up all my spare time, I don’t know, but I think it has to be tried.)
About books: GFC and ST have been withdrawn, sadly, because some of their sexual content might prove offensive to some. “Technological Fantasies” and “Harmony and Matching” are still available from my books page, http://www.SocialTechnology.ca/books.html — the first chapter of TF might interest people who have noticed this blog and website. All four volumes are available to be read online or downloaded, in PDF format. I am not an unbiased observer, but I’d actually go so far as to recommend the first volume. Bear in mind that these books were all though experiments, very long ones, but they have become fun, and I learned a lot from writing them.
On another topic, I have started to set up a TikiWiki site for the Polymathica group on Facebook, because they have expressed much interest in Social Technology. TikiWiki is extremely powerful, but all day today I have found it slow. It usually isn’t. As the Wikipedia has proved, wikis do work, but if you have ever tried writing entries for them you might have noticed how fierce the community of voluntary editors are. That is one reason it does work. The have a loyal community of intelligent people who actively filter out a lot of the noise.
One of the things I want to do in this Social Software Development project of mine is to try to combine the abilities of Facebook, which too rapidly and too noisily expands the social network with the abilities to make good use of people willing to find the signal in all that noise, then amplify just the signal. — dpw