Or in other words: Can evil-doers be contained in their own social network? My short answer/opinion to this question is “Pffft…of course not! Dream on.”.
As a parent of a young gamer it scares the crap out of me to see my adolescent child wanting to participate in nifty social networks. Despite their efforts to protect kids from diabolical adults (or peers) posing as something they’re not, companies who offer social networks know there really is no bullet-proof method for fully protecting the good of the community by separating them from evil-doers and attempts in doing so can have adverse affects on quality sharing between social networks. Scoble’s podcast with Beth from Second Life is a great example and something I’d suggest parents check out (it’s pretty short).
In Skrocki-topia I wouldn’t have to worry about my child being exposed to diabolical characters disguised as friends. How great would it be to see our young people safely and freely collaborate and learn from others despite their differing cultures, proximities, etc.? But the reality is we live in a polluted world and every parent needs to set their own access dials for their kids. The Skrocki dials are at settings that hopefully balance the risks and benefits, but I’m sure they lean toward the conservative/limited side…
…which, sadly, means there will be missed opportunities.