IUseThis: Social Networking for Nerds

In 2007, I published this article on Deflexion.com and in 2021, I migrated it to Infinite Ink. I have not yet updated it and, unfortunately, most of the links are broken. I hope it is interesting anyway.

I pay a lot of attention to software as you can tell by looking at the sidebar on the Deflexion.com home page, where I list tools and services that I use or that I’m considering using. I recently started using osx.iusethis.com to track the Mac OS X software that I use. It’s an easy way to find out about updates, to learn about tips & problems from other users, and to learn about other software that I might like. Lots of people blog about the OS X software that they use and I often bookmark such posts in my del.icio.us bookmarks with the tag OSX, but it’s overwhelming to go through these posts and decide what software I might actually want to try. IUseThis is a fun way to browse through software lists and quickly get a sense of what software might be useful to me. To me, IUseThis is an example of social networking for nerds. If you’re a nerd like me and wondering what all the excitement about social networking is about, I recommend that you try IUseThis or some other object-centric social network service.

To learn about social networking, see:

To learn about the distinction between object-centric social networks and ego-centric social networks, see:

I’m mainly interested in using object-centric social networks, such as IUseThis and social bookmarking services, and my guess is that this is also the case for my fellow nerds.⁠

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