Web 2.0 Peer Pressure

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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. facebookAvatar.gif
Poke Me, Befriend Me, but please don't send me a virtual sheep.

Comments:

For professional stuff, have you seen LinkedIn? As for friend / content sharing across site boundaries... something like Friendfeed www.friendfeed.com or Swurl, is really good for that.

Posted by Charles Poulsen on August 26, 2008 at 02:58 AM CDT #

Hey Charles. Yeah, I've been an active member of LinkedIn for years. You can check out my profile here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/billy In fact this is why I've been such a hold out on the friend-oriented social sites for so long. I am more interested in professional networking, opportunities and idea sharing than trading movie quiz scores. I like the socially enabled sites. They're really fantastic. In fact, I was an active user of the MyFamily site (a very early closed social network site) in years past. Until I joined Facebook, I was already on several NING mediated sites (Aiim Information Zen to name one), LinkedIn, Plaxo, Oracle Mix (mix.oracle.com) etc. More recently I've become a member of Insightory.com, Jyte.com, Slideshare.com, Twine, and others. The distinction I see is that each of those sites has a dedicated information centric purpose at it's heart. Anyway, thanks for the feedback and for reading!

Posted by billy cripe on August 26, 2008 at 03:59 AM CDT #

Great post, Billy. What gets me is the proliferation of networking sites. Competition is vital, of course, in driving improvements in these sites. But setting up a new account each time a new one pops up is like moving to a new house and taking your old neighborhood with you.

Posted by Bob Rhubart on August 26, 2008 at 11:49 PM CDT #

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