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How do we make social networking about being social again? The idea of bringing people back offline in the online world we live in.

What if we lived in a world where social networking actually meant that we continued the conversation offline after connecting online? The world has changed drastically over the last decade with the rapid growth of technology, in many ways for the better. Connecting with friends you haven't seen or heard from in years is accessible with the click of a button. We can now physically see our loved ones across the world through applications like Skype and Google Hangouts.

What about meeting new people though? Meetup gives people the ability to create groups around a specific hobby or idea, where they can actually go out and do something in a collaborative effort. Linkedin helps connect people together based off of their skills and network. Facebook keeps people connected online, but what if that could be taken back to the real world? Www.atthepool.com is a social discovery platform to help find people close to you that are interested in the same activities, beliefs, and passions.

What kind of things do you do to stay active in your community offline, and constantly build your network? Would you use a platform that helped make this process easier?

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  • Jun 16 2013: Technology give us power we are generally not prepared to properly value. Unfortunately, this condition--where we grew up passive and powerless but then became suddenly over-endowed makes us poor authorities when it comes to thinking about technology and policies for our children. I therefore conclude that we should be growing a new culture which takes all its technology and the potentials locked up in each other thoroughly to heart. It never seems to occur that one of the worst things about human beings is their social default to "mob" behavior. Who among us has not been put on the spot to say and do things that are popular but which we quietly differ with? I want to live to see the last remnant of "factory model" "processing" of socially neglected human cattle stomped out of the model of human development with purpose forever. "Class" itself is a mob construct. I want to see people starting early on to achieve a new kind of literacy in which the implications of technological power is interpreted culturally. Within that literacy must be new guidelines as to how technology facilitates and at which points does it become dysfunctional. Perhaps after ten years of a reformed educational model we will start having a generation that could LEAD US. We are doing a poor job of leading them. And I think the best we could do is be idealistic in our designs even though we don't demonstrate that idealism in our actions. This is yet another kick in the conventional wisdom where it has always been suspect to say "do as I say, not as I do". This may be the one time that this is actually necessary. It would not be a "do as I say, not as I do", it would be here's two models--one of ancient crawling compromise with known dysfunction and here's a radical departure to function which only you can precedent. It is not easy to find the opening on the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey but the apes are yacking and there IS a way.

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