A lofty online debate hosted by The Economist magazine reached a sobering conclusion for anyone who sees social media as the next big boost—for meetings or for the economy as a whole. After weighing the arguments, readers concluded that social media companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Groupon are the leading edge of a new technology bubble. With the dot.com bust still a painful memory, it’s worth asking whether there are risks in a collection of social media platforms that are rapidly ...

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