9 Socializing the City
Location Sharing and Online Social Networking
In the mid-1990s Microsoft founder Bill Gates claimed that computers and the Internet were making geography less important (1995). This statement illustrates a common theme of the early Internet days: that the “information highway” and “cyberspace” would connect people with similar interests and thus bridge gaps of distance, culture, and language. To some extent this has become reality, but mostly it has remained a beautiful vision of a potential global society. However, in later years the focus moved from this anti-geographical understanding of the Internet to a location- or place-based understanding. A number of Internet-connected surveillance-capable ...