Social networking sites should allow users to differentiate between work contacts and play contacts.Im a social person. For as long as I can remember Ive always had lots of friends. Back in college I had multiple groups of friends that I had met in pursuit of different jobs, interests and hobbies and I was often the glue that would tie people in these groups together. In a way, you could say that I was an early form of a social network. And when it comes to how I interact with my friends, co-workers, business contacts and brief acquaintances, I have a very specific preference and process for handling these diverse groups. Its the way that I like to be social, which is probably different in many ways from the way that you like to be social. But thats the problem with the big social networking sites that are out there on the Internet today. For the most part they are a one-size-fits-all tool and if your preferences for social networking are different from theirs, well, thats too bad.
At the beginning of the social networking craze this wasnt too big of a deal. If you were an early user of Facebook or MySpace, the way the sites dumped all of your different types of friends together wasnt too big of a problem.