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The title comes from Dave Winer's blog post "How To Avoid Sounding Like A Money," a reaction to the words "social graph" versus social network. ReadWriteWeb has a summary of the conversation. I like what Stephen Downes had to say:
So is it a 'social graph' or a 'social network'? Some of the recent work in the field has started to talk about the 'social graph'. But as Dave Winer - correctly - points out, the term means (basically) exactly the same thing as 'social network'. With the advantage that people have heard of it. More discussion of this at Nick Carr's website. Me - I'm on record as supporting the term 'Open Social Networks' to describe what we're doing.
Dave Winer also predicted that 2007 would be the year of the Social Network.