Having got all excited about Quora the other day, I return to tell you to get excited about another geeky social network: Findings. While Quora relies on its users to generate the content themselves, by asking and answering intelligent questions intelligently, Findings merely asks users to curate content, by sharing text from books and articles they’re reading. This may not seem like a particularly compelling idea when you can already use Facebook to share text with your friends and also do a ton of other stuff. But Findings is much more like Twitter or Quora, in that the default is for it to be open, so you can follow anyone, and it’s based more around your interests than around your existing social circle. In many ways this makes it a better native of the Internet than Facebook is: as Lone Gunman pointed out some time ago, the great advantage of the Internet is that a) you’re not constrained by who or what you already know, and b) it makes it easy to get to know people who are interested in the same things that you are.
Anyway, I highly recommend checking out Findings – people are sharing some great stuff on there and it has already given me several starting points for new blog posts.
Also of note, on the subject of social networks: on Slate, Farhad Manjoo argues that Google+ is dead. While it did apparently experience enormous growth in users over its first few months, the trend has been for them to stop using it. Apparently even Brin and Page stopped using it after a bit and had to be reminded to: this does not happen to people who get involved in Facebook or Twitter (although to be fair I still feel like I’m finding my way with Twitter. There’s good stuff there but it doesn’t quite sing for me – it’s almost as though you need to be a celebrity to get the most out of it. Findings, by contrast, clicked immediately, perhaps because it’s more tailored toward book – or text – geeks. Maybe that is, in fact, the fundamental truth of online social networking: it’s all about finding the right group of geeks).