Interview with Valdis Krebs and Gerry Falkowski

In this InfoWorld Interview with Valdis Krebs and Gerry Falkowski , the line I like is:

Valdis: People have a wrong impression about what a weak tie is. It’s not just a casual acquaintance. A weak tie used to be a strong tie; there was trust and shared knowledge. If I go to a conference today and meet somebody new, people will say “That’s a weak tie.” I say no, it’s an acquaintance tie. But if I also run into Peter from Disney, who I used to work with, that’s a weak tie that can be reactivated. A lot of Granovetter’s research on weak ties was based on people who had known each other better before.

This is yet another reason why having a big rolodex of very distant ties is *not* the mark of someone who has an optimized social network.