Social Networking Patterns
Introduction for the book Social Networking Patterns
Social Networking Patterns Introduction
Welcome to the future. This book has formed through innovation processing and creative ideas, structures and building up new innovative services.
Patterns in Nature
It all begins with an interesting question: What are patterns? The explanation and exploration has continued for ages of civilizations. Different patterns can be found in nature, paintings, music, buildings, structures, space... the list goes on and on. In this book we are looking for patterns used in technology and more specifically in Social Networks. These patterns are the best practices used in different services and are widely used among these beautiful services.
Let's get familiar with different kind of patterns found in nature. One of the most interesting patterns is described in the Stephen Wolfram's book A New Kind of Science. Stephen describes cellular automata rules as patterns that are found and based in nature. As you can see in the following illustration.
What do these patterns then mean? What is the ultimate question that these patterns could eventually answer? As we can see the simple rule can produce complex results. This same principle is applied to the John Conway's Game of Life rules. In the Game of Life the simple rules create complex environments. Stephen Hawking has also explained the foundations of life to be applied in a similar manner. With a simple set of rules that interact with it's environment. In nature where are all of these rules hidden? In a similar way we can look for patterns in nature by looking at ourselves, humans. The brain's neurons interact in a similar way as described before. They have a set of rules stored and they interact with the environment. Each neuron is connected to other neurons and holds a set of rules. This application is multidimensional as the cellular automata is two dimensional.