Time, Identity and Social Networks

Shannon Clark writes on Time, Identity and Social Networks, and postulates that networks aggregate around shared perceptions of time. I suggest that he’s observing just one example of a general phenomenon, which is that people will form networks around even the most trivial of commonalities. One of our interns, Mimi Owusu, mentioned she once went to an event for women who had curly hair(!), which apparently grew out of a listserv. That’s a fairly trivial commonality, but it was enough to create common interests.