Could Facebook increase social capital?

“When Everyone’s A Friend, Is Anything Private?” talks about the blurring between the personal and the private, mentioning that for a lot of people, a friend is anybody who wants to be your friend. 

I wonder: will lowering privacy levels and people’s increased comfort with sharing personal details make people feel more aware of other people and less isolated? Could Facebook, as a virtual social community, increase social capital overall? 

Source: NYTimes http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/business/08digi.html?ref=technology

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