Reading Joel on Software's Building Communities with Software
"The social scientist Ray Oldenburg talks about how humans need a
third place, besides work and home, to meet with friends, have a beer,
discuss the events of the day, and enjoy some human interaction. Coffee
shops, bars, hair salons, beer gardens, pool halls, clubs, and other
hangouts are as vital as factories, schools and apartments"
It brings up the question "Are Social Networks, Media and Software the
new third place?"
Where does one go to assuage loneliness or boredom? Do you open Twitter?
Swing by Facebook? Is email a third place? Is IM?