Web 2.0 Peer Pressure
By billy.cripe on Aug 25, 2008
I've finally done it, I set up my Facebook account/profile today after a colleague asked "How can you be Mr. Enterprise 2.0 without a Facebook account?"
Actually, it's easy. The frustrating part of the proliferation of all the socially enabled sites out there (whether NING based, Facebook/MySpace/Friendster/Orkut based or some other ungodly hybred) is that none of these sites have figured out how to make it easy for *me* to keep my friends from site to site.
The answer is facilitating the import of FOAF marked up networks that are owned by me! A kind of OpenID for social networks. That way I can keep my friends and colleagues and acquaintances portable rather than having to recreate (and inevitably forget) my relationships.
Honestly, I'm not all that interested in what my college roommates are doing now or how much they had to drink last weekend. I am interested in professional networking, idea sharing, and opportunities. The reality is that content - the STUFF that we SHARE when we successfully network (it's a verb too people) - is king. The mere fact of a relationship, electronically or emotionally mediated, is pointless, stale, and lame if the participants are not sharing meaningful content. Unfortunately Facebook isn't geared so much for that as it is for sharing virtual hugs and lame icons of beer.
Nevertheless, it has come to be something of an expectation that if you're going to be talking about Enterprise Web 2.0 you'd better have a presence on one of the biggies. So here I am. Search for "Billy Cripe" Look for this picture.
Poke Me, Befriend Me, but please don't send me a virtual sheep.