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Has Social Networking Gone Too Far?

Critics suggest <i>USA Today</I>'s redesign and Cisco's acquisition of Utah Street Networks means we're either building a thriving social network or a forum ghost town.

Thomas Claburn

March 5, 2007

1 Min Read

MIT Technology review reports this morning on the launch of a new social networking site "23andMe" that lets you compare your DNA with others in your social network.

They have a noble goal, to encourage genetic testing for research and consumer information, but you have to wonder if we're going down a dangerous road......

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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