I argue they are. Others will argue “what is is“.
But how are blogs NOT Social Networking Sites? They have guests (users), interaction (comments), membership, a following (if they are lucky) and a sense of community.
Most blogs (unlike this one) are actually about something. That tends to give people a sense of community. So if we have collaboration, community, and a topical blog, how is that not a Social Network?
I ask because of a long conversation I had tonight with someone that disagrees with me. Their claim is that a Social Network Site can have blogs but it can’t be a blog. I could never be made to understand his argument.
Social is interaction. Period. Any site that allows the visitor to create content is a Social Networking Site. Even if that content is a comment.