In an interview at Y Combinator’s Startup School yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Paul Graham his expectations on sharing in the future. “We expect this rate [of sharing] will double every 10 years. So in 10 years from now, people will be sharing about 1,000 times as many things as they do today,” Zuckerberg stated. He described it as a “social networking version of Moore’s Law”, which is a term, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore that essentially states computer processing power will double every two years.

It doesn’t seem so far-fetched when you think about how far sharing has come over the past 10 years. The early social networks weren’t so much about sharing as much as simply keeping up with friends. The social sites of today are all about sharing. Facebook, while still a place to catch up with old friends, has evolved into a platform full of people sharing anything and everything about their lives. Twitter is an even bigger example of this evolution, with users sharing tidbits of their lives, opinions, and links on every topic imaginable.

Zuckerberg went on to discuss how Facebook is changing our social lives by expanding the number of people we connect with both on and offline. “One definition of technology is that it extends human capability.” He went on to mention that “a social network extends people’s real social capacity.”

An interesting viewpoint and true in many ways. However, many will argue that the technology that enables more online interaction will ultimately lead to less offline interaction.

Let us know in the comments what you think social networking and sharing will be like in 10 years.

Article Source: CNET

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