Social networks are about relationships. Real people are the voices behind the avatars and status updates. Over time, genuine relationships can form between some members, while others will continue to be total strangers. As with all relationships, these connections can grow, or sour, over time.
As a network administrator, you’ll need to decide what kinds of relationships your network will facilitate. Do you have a structure where everyone knows everyone else? Or do you have a large community where members will interact with the group at large and have some more meaningful relationships with a few fellow members? Let’s consider the following types of social network relationships: