The piece is online free at the Times’ site, and I’ve put a copy below for archival purposes too.
That graphic above is a snippet from Peter Cho’s wonderful illustrations that accompany the piece. Cho did a lovely job of taking a pretty amorphous concept and turning it into evocative imagery!
For Social Networking : Real word versus Facebook : And the winner is …
Clive Thompson on Real-World Social Networks vs. Facebook ‘Friends’
The scary part of reality mining, as everyone involved readily admits, is that it’s a potential privacy nightmare. Do you really want your boss gathering this much data about your daily activities? Or imagine this stuff in the hands of direct-marketing types. Or law enforcement.