Plaxo and the Stone Age of the social Web

Plaxo and the Stone Age of the social Web

Summary: Plaxo's forthcoming entry into mainstream social networking with its Pulse service is all over TechMeme this morning. What was formerly a way to synch your contacts across various services is now taking a page from Facebook with RSS feeds from contacts, including from external services such as Amazon and YouTube.

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Plaxo's forthcoming entry into mainstream social networking with its Pulse service is all over TechMeme this morning. What was formerly a way to synch your contacts across various services is now taking a page from Facebook with RSS feeds from contacts, including from external services such as Amazon and YouTube. Pulse also lets you categorize contacts according to the type of relationship--business, family, friends--which will certainly become a feature that Facebook will adopt.

The point to remember about the current frenzy over social networks is that this period of innovation is equivalent to the introduction of Netscape in 1995. We are at the very beginning of the social, interconnected, people-centered Web. It's the Stone Age of the social graph. We are just beginning to create useful tools for living in the digital age, mapping the human social genome into the virtual world. It's a period of experimentation and creativity, and the surfacing of issues such as who owns your digital profile, virtual anonymity, identity standards, open networks, the intersection of 3D virtual worlds and social networks and how businesses should be using social networks.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Browser, Networking

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  • People, time and social networks

    It's great to see the current development in social media. Some of these sites are really becoming a lot of fun. For me personally, the tools they offer are part of the reason why I join and use a social network. But the main reason is whether my friends and other people I know are on there. Right now, I'm a member of about 10 different social networking sites. To be honest, I can only keep up with 2 or 3. I check in on the others, but don't spend quality time there... So I go where the people that matter to me. People are still the killer app of the Web... just like in the heydays of AOL.

    To me, it's like like trendy bars or clubs. What's popular today, can be pass? tomorrow. Then we all flock to the next hip hang out. Maybe that's what you mean by by the stage we're in, Dan. Maybe my 10 profiles will all be connected and social networks are not proprietary anymore and we can all be connected... Does that mean the social networks we know today will go away?
    christelvanderboom
    • social network attrition

      I don't think it means that current social networks go away, but moving into different networks, like bars, will have to become much easer in terms of users controlling their profiles if they want.
      DF
      dbfarber
  • Monday morning has come quickly to recall visiual telecommunications : :

    The overwhelming need of pulling UNIX transaction software and office visual recognition is here to stay. More consolidation of product sources and availability will substancially strengthen the focus of the Global Economy and the current online distractions; moreover, dating websites devination along with onsite or inhouse community business solutions.
    RobeTirm@...