The ‘Strength of Weak Ties’ by Granovetter has given me insight into how weak ties are crucial in shaping the cohesion of one’s social network and consequently affecting one’s social behavior.
I agree with Granovetter’s hypothesis that the stronger the tie between A and B, the larger the number of people with whom they will both be connected to. I think that the validity of this hypothesis is illustrated by the emphasis that people place in determining the strength of their ties to a person on Facebook based on the number of their mutual friends (larger the no.of mutual friends, stronger the perceived tie to a person).
Another interesting hypothesis was that weak ties can diffuse information more easily and rapidly in a community, which seemsto be the foundation for most online social networks today. They all leverage the fact that people want to share their photos,stories,blogs etc with people whom they have strong,weak or even no ties with in an easy manner. And so these online communities, e.g.: tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest etc facilitate formation of weak ties to bridge communication gaps. I think that these bridging weak ties are important for me to reach people who are socially distant from me, and also to gain knowledge about a world beyond my tight knit community.
In conclusion, I agree that weak ties have huge implications on the macro phenomena that occur in social networks such as social mobility, community organization and information diffusion. And I believe that Facebook not only strengthens & maintains strong ties across geographical and time differences, but also facilitates forming of weak ties more easily.