Tom HOffman shares some of the background story of fivethirtyeight.com - a great story of collaboration and work and how "no names" become somebody with hard work, intelligence, persistence, and a commitment to "do it right" sans an agenda.
This website had a TON of hits this past month -- in the millions -- 3 people and some spreadsheets did this. (See Tom Hoffman's post for more on it.) I think this is something that the students of the Flat Classroom Project will need to integrate into their work.
Lisa thuman blogged about the recent changes to the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) -- to those people who have rejected social networking and chats -- you're required to "educate minors on appropriate online safety including cyberbulling and interacting with others on social networking sites and in chat rooms."
How are you going to do this without using safe alternatives and then coach them on it? This is REQUIRED in the US if you get erate funds.
Get out there and get busy -- time for pushback. Lisa Thuman's article on this is an excellent read.