The Mirror of Social

by Jay Deragon on 05/01/2010

Many of us don’t realize how truly unique each of us is.  DNA molecules can unite in an infinite number of ways.  The number is 10 to the 2,400,000,000th power.  The number is the likelihood that you’d ever find someone just like you.

If you were to write out that number with each zero being one inch wide, you’d need a strip of paper 37,000 miles long!To put this in perspective, some scientist have guessed that all the particles in the universe are probably less than 10 with 76 zeros behind it, far less than the possibilities of our individual DNA.

Our uniqueness is a scientific fact of life. Our uniqueness is what creates variety in human interactions.  With such uniqueness what common characteristics bring us together?

Our Virtual DNA

The human DNA can be categorized into four elements: 1) Intellectual, 2) Creative, 3)Social and 4) Spiritual. Our life experiences shape each of our four elements and together with our DNA we become defined.  Collectively our elements represent the gifts and abilities of life we have both the good and bad that we ultimately share with others through exchanges and future experiences.

When we enter the social world we do so with the history and experience in human relations of our physical world.  What and whom we associate with tends to follow form of our physical world thus creating our technological DNA of affinities.  Our personality will affect how and where we use our gifts and abilities within social communities. For instance, two people may have similar intellectual knowledge and experiences but if one is introverted and the other is extroverted, that intellectual knowledge will be expressed differently.

The more we participate within on-line worlds the more pronounced our technological DNA and virtual personalities become. Like stained glass, our different personalities reflect different shades of light within social communities.   Our on-line life takes on different shapes as we begin to express ourselves to others individually and collectively through the groups we participate in.  Our on-line life also takes shape based on what groups we belong to and whom we are connected.   Our physical life is shaped by our physical world experiences of the past.  In determining our shape within the social world one should consider what they desire for experiences in the future.

The virtual world human factor connects people where they are and provides the means to help individuals gain from others for the purposes of getting to where they would like to be.  The essence of community in the virtual world is helping others learn, connect, gain and exchange in meaningful ways not unlike our physical world but the technological medium extends our reach and enables richness of relations.

Social networks enable individuals to leverage their human factors for the benefit of others thus creating a giving exchange that provides enrichment.  This feature is one of the factors that create attraction for individuals to participate within social networks.  The technological medium has accelerated individual abilities to reach more people than we ever could in the physical world.  This new reach extends the promise of satisfaction through human relations which enriches human experiences of giving, sharing, learning, relating and re-enforcing or improving ones identity.

Our virtual world can either extend current factors in our human relations in the physical world or create new opportunities for us to improve the factors for ourselves and those we are connected to, both physically and virtually.

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Suzanne Coblentz May 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Really interesting take on how people have begun to repurpose their social acumen through the online channels; ultimately fulfilling the altruistic drive. This is particularly true of Communities built around services. As a community manager, my take away would be that the altruistic desire to interact should be at the forefront of content creation, if your intent to is to build your Community. You must provide the impetus for the conversation to occur and then work to facilitate the connections to keep that conversation going. Great info Thanks.
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Suzanne Arthur May 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Thanks for posting. You’ve got a really compelling take on social networking. It does seem like, as we communicate and integrate with others in these ever-widening social circles online, that we’re able to develop our brains and personalities in ways that are distinct from ‘real-life’ social circles, which are somewhat encumbered by physical limitations, biases and prejudices, geography, and so forth. Brings up some interesting questions. Tasty food for thought, as always.
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