"in", not "on" the network

It's 2009 and we have to make choices, as proposed by Julian Bleecker in A Manifesto for Networked Objects — Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of Things few years ago:

"we'll have to begin choosing our prepositions with care — we are now in an era of pervasive networks and are thus more properly "in", not "on" the network. Careful choice of prepositions that help us orient matters deeply, and it helps think more clearly about not only the stakes of cohabiting with Things within the networked world, but also for thinking about how to design experiences for this very different mode of occupancy"

Why do I blog this? writing a chapter this morning about blogjects, I am digging stuff from relevant reports about the topic. This quote struck me as highly relevant for the new year.

I am often fascinated by the use of prepositions to refer to artefacts and services. The Internet is certainly an intriguing context to observe how people refer to accessing/going on/surfing on the network. Besides, are you on Facebook or "in" Facebook?