BrightKite allows for a granularity of “friend” adding that I appreciate. I can add someone. I can add them as a TRUSTED friend, which means they get even more private info. And then from there, I can send their updates to a stream, to my phone via SMS, or to my email account. As social networks pile upon social networks, it’s time for you to start paying attention to the features that we’ll really need. Here’s a need:
I need for networks to start realizing a delicate social situation. It’s important that I accept people who know me from my blog and twitter as “friends” on a network, while still keeping them in the “small f” category of my life (until they grow into being more). Facebook doesn’t allow this. Hell, with Friend Suggest, it’s almost the opposite lately. I’m adding six-twelve new people a week that I don’t know, but presume I know from my blog or twitter or my friends.
What else do we need? We need a persona/profile that displays different values depending on the network. A service like ZLoop has an interesting service. They allow one to make several personas from one account, such that you can be a business version of yourself, a church version of yourself, and a friends version of yourself, or whatever versions you need to support.
What do YOU need in a social network platform these days? What tools do you need for the way you WANT to do work on these networks? You can start asking, you know. They need to start differentiating soon. It might as well be with your recommendations.
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