Nah, not sad. Different, and arguably progressive.
I like all of the specialized social networks popping up. New networks "scratch the niche" (I just accidentally thought of this phrase and am now googling it, results are: I am not original) that Linkedin or Facebook never did. Linkedin was only ever a formalized, professional Facebook, after all, particularly useful for those looking to hire or be hired. If you're not in the market for either of those things, I don't see much appeal, apart from building a profile for when you're hiring/applying. ResearchGate is great for my science stuffs, and SoundCloud is a nice tool for both producers and consumers of music (better than BandCamp imo), particularly independent and/or electronic music artists.
Paragraph for anyone unfamiliar with ResearchGate - you make a profile, and can follow actual working scientists who chronicle the papers they author/co-author as presented to you in a news feed. A lot of times, the scientist gets the green light to upload a full .pdf of the article, hosted by ResearchGate. It's great for producers of science and consumers, contributors, stalkers/moms, etc., and you know your bf wants to read about what happens when the interplanetary magnetic field has a large southward component.
I want to hear about other new specialized social networks. Please, no deviantart, erowid, YikYak. Actually, those are kind of decent examples of the direction I'm looking for in emerging networks. SoundCloud isn't even new, so you can call me out on that, no prob. Anything related/relevant, post it.
There is a growing peer-to-peer network of #friendships (#heh#) that I see myself stoking. Text messages, emails, phone calls, and especially face-to-face interaction. Almost like passing it through a standardized medium undermines the authenticity in a way we can't quite pin down. There's no way my spirit embodies the typeface you're reading this in. Even my handwriting style is only a huge simplification of me. I'm grasping for uniqueness, but it could be my 1/3rd life crisis or something.
What I'm really trying to say is: If I had a f-book, I'd spam you all with f-requests.
Probably should have posted this in pubski, but every #friendship post should be like a pubski, I guess. So... cheers to that.
Edit: this isn't just to insom, it's to all of you :)