Sunday, November 13, 2005

Centre of the Network

Centre of the Network
At the moment there are many Internet services which are used to communicate. We have the venerable Email, Instant Messengers, Web logs like this one, we have discussion forums, bulletin boards, social calendars, social bookmark sites. But... There is nothing tying it all together. I mentioned in my thoughts and things description that we have little isolated communities with no cohesion. That is all about to change over the next few years.
Social networks
There are a new set of Internet services growing rapidly which will allow people to gather all of their social information about friends, relationships into one place. These services are social network systems; Orkut, Friendster, MySpace are the big ones at the moment with LinkYourFriends being the biggest UK service. Many of them have a dating slant but that's only a small fraction of the potential for social networks.
The potential
The potential for social networks... Huge... Why? Because they're a three layer interface. They connect 3 layers of people through the individual. The social network system becomes a hub, the centre of the network. They can and should collate all of the information people use to communicate with others, for all of the communication technologies we have today, and they should make it simple to organise and contact people through those technologies;

  • Email
  • Instant Messengers
  • Blogs
  • Photo/Video Sharing
  • Web Bookmarks (see del.icio.us)
  • Discussion Forums
  • Phones; Texts
  • Social Calendars
  • Group Announcements

Thing is, none of the social networking sites which exist can do much more than email at the moment... Someone's going to though, and the one which does it well is going to be the next big thing by miles. There's a list of potential candidates here.

3 Comments:

At Monday, November 14, 2005, Blogger Mr. Precision said...

At the moment my favourite social network system is http://tribe.net/. The adverts are unobtrusive, it's fast, non broken and very very flexible.

 
At Monday, November 21, 2005, Blogger Mr. Precision said...

Got an account on orkut to try it out...

Broken at the moment, crashes every other click, not sure if it's overloaded or crap programing but it does potentially have some nice features like how close a friend is, fans and attractively designed pages.

Tribe's better at the moment but would benefit from a couple of orkut's features. Orienting round the user would help.

 
At Friday, January 27, 2006, Blogger Squire said...

Indeed we have progressed a lot .. from the stone age !

 

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