Sascha Meinrath provides a good summary of a recent study produced by the Pew Internet & American Life Project entitled, "The Strength of Internet Ties," which basically reinforces the notion of the Internet as a vital social resource. At a time when there seems to be a growing concern over the misuse of, and dangers associated with, certain Internet sites like teen-oriented social networks, it's useful to be reminded that the web offers much more good than evil.
We're thinking a lot about what it takes to get people to engage in a new form of online community participation. Making parking space available to others through an online tool, be they friends or strangers, requires a rule set, site design and safeguards that make participants comfortable. We seek to deliver on the promise of growing network connectivity.