Well, it seems like about one week into our blog venture John, the resident MIT geek, has had to go and get us all sorts of digg publicity. Thanks John, now we’re going to have to live up to all that technical hype and I don’t think I can operate under that kind of pressure. But no, seriously, good job man. It’s a good article and definitely worth reading, keep ’em coming. 🙂
Anyway, onto the entire point for this post. I’m just a wee-bit disappointed in ‘social networking’ as we know it today (as is very obvious from recent posts of mine). I got into a nice little discussion/debate/argument with Bryan over IRC about my ideal social network. The entire concept is ‘aggregate my life, don’t make me re-write it’.
Have you noticed that? You log into a social network and you begin the monotonous task of convincing every one of your friends that it’s worth switching to, and then you have to re-write pretty much everything, re-upload your photos, and recreate a profile that existed on a another slightly less awesome network. This whole system sucks, and I think we should be rethinking what the network is actually doing.
So, here’s my ideal network: Aggregate my life… If I use Flickr let me tell you about that, and you can pull photos from that and use my flickr profile pic as my pic for the site. If I’m uploading my videos to YouTube why should I have to re-upload my videos to a second location, just pull my content from other sites and build my profile from that. Let me communicate and converse with people…
My ‘network’ should not be a locked in and locked down targeted-advertising frenzy. My network should be about me, and about MY connections. So, in short, I want a service that builds my profile page but lets me use other applications to communicate and share. The network site itself should allow me to add friends and do other basic things, past that it should be syncing with the content I’m placing on the web in other places.
I just hope all of these ‘web 2.0’ companies realize this and start delivering services that meet my needs… it’s kind of sad when Wink builds a better, more care free, profile page for me than facebook.
Rant Over. Flame On.
Blogged with Flock