I see that my friend, Josh Morgan, has responded (Jacob's Café: Maintaining Connections) to my post on Saturday, which in turn was inspired by his earlier posts. We're exploring the nature of communication - the real development of a virtual town square where people interact and learn from one another. Our own interaction, in itself, provides an example of how small the world will become. We're hardly as prolific as some - the blogging community is huge - we're a tiny corner, but I'm fascinated as much with the discussion we've initiated as the fact that we're communicating on an intellectual level that would have been unlikely to have evolved in any other way. In his recent post, Josh writes about the evolution of social networking technology to make interaction automatic - he'll be alerted to my latest post as soon as it's activated. He doesn't have to seek it out - it will come to him.
The evolution of social networking means that friends and associates can stay in touch passively. Even if we get caught up in the sweep of our own personal histories, there will soon be no such thing as "losing touch." Personal connections could endure with little or no effort, ready to be reactivated by a simple "Facebook" or "MySpace" comment, or a comment on a blog.