I've written a number of times about Social Networks and Networking. Today, I read a nice blog entry at thd Dumb Little Man-Tips For Life Blog: Stop Networking and Start Building Relationships.
Echoing my thoughts, they write: "Creating working relationships should be the goal of networking, not meeting as many people as possible." They comment on MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn, saying: "We need to shift our goals from numbers and volume to quality and relationships. After all, the point of networking is to connect yourself with others who can help you, as well as you help them. Relationships, communication and trust are fundamental to this."
The article goes on to offer tips on creating value and trust based relationships. It is worthwhile reading. I commend the authors on a good article.