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Thursday, August 9 networking 2.0?

It seems my wait to jump completely onto the whole social networking bandwagon may finally have come to an end. There's a "new guy" in town; call him Mr. Spock.

A recent rant on the official WIRED blog bemoans the fact that all the major social networking sites - the myspaces and LinkedIns - share one critical limitation: they all have "walls." That is to say, they're not interconnected...there's no sharing or cross-access to profiles between them. For that matter, one can't even access one's own profiles universally (without adding yet another piece of pesky software). Some, like Facebook, even prevent one from viewing a single profile until after joining.

For those of us interested in acquiring new contacts - and reconnecting with old ones - it means having to join and track these numerous profiles. Don't know if you've tried this, but, I can testify to the fact that this can be downright burdensome. It's the primary reason I've been holding back from going full bore on the social networking tip.

Spock appears to have eliminated this problem - or at least minimized it - by combining the two most common web-based activities into one: searching & socializing. In their own words, they're:
...the online leader in personal search, helping users find and discover people. With over one hundred million people already indexed and millions added every day, Spock is building the broadest and deepest people specific search engine.
Do I hear another eBay (or Google) purchase preparing to be rung up? The interface is wiki-esque, only much simpler, and may well spell the beginning of the end for those other, cumbersome social networking sites.

My advice to you, Dear Reader, is to put up your own profile, and get all the facts straight, before-hand, so as to prevent someone less trustworthy from doing just the opposite. Like is common on certain wiki- sites. Why not get started now? And hey, while you're at it, search my name and drop a couple of descriptive tags on it. Or vote on the tags I've already used (which promotes accuracy).

Careful, though...I just got subscribed to Pre-Paid Legal, so yah best get it right! (smile.)

ibcarlos, Reformed thinker

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