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When Do Social Networks Become Antisocial?

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Social Networks are nothing new.  They have become conduits to tell the world about you.  But lately a number of nets have begun displaying alarming attributes that are downright antisocial.  Case in point: A new social networking app called Peeple, which has been described as "Yelp for people,"  is slated to launch in November. It will employ a star system that will allow you to rate anyone you know, including ex-spouses, former bosses, your friends and neighbors.  The spectre of being categorized like a side of beef has many people up in arms.  Caitlin Dewey, a reporter for the Washington Post summed up her Peeple angst this way, "Imagine every interaction you’ve ever had suddenly being open to the scrutiny of the Internet public."  Is social networking going to transmogrify into a place where all our dirty laundry is going to be publicly aired? I mean it's one thing to have a rating system for businesses. That concept is designed to protect consumers from underhanded business practices.  But it's another to encourage people to publicly air their grievances.  What's the next hot online app going to be named, "DateHate, where you can regail the public with the details of blind dates gone bad?"  When social networking turns antisocial, the very premise of the genre goes from informative to creepy. 

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