Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Split personality and Social networking for the crowd

Not sure what to call this post...

I finally got around to create and update my personal web site (www.myrberger.se/johan). Yes, despite the abundance of blog tool, networking sites and all the "2.0" stuff there's still room for a more traditional homepage. I think.

In my case it was partly due to that I own the family name domain, but hadn't put anything there. Of course I could have hosted one of my blogs there, but for a number of reasons I didn't want to do that.

Instead I wanted to create a hub for people looking for me (it's all about maximizing the contact area, right?)

Even if the number of people that starts to use some kind of social network tool grows fast, there's still two problems.

  1. Split personality: There's no or limited interaction between all social networks. You need to be in multiple places (and keep them updated) to reach as many as possible. (I see some initial attemps to address this)
  2. Social networks for the crowd: But more important - plenty of people still are not actively using any online social network. And never will.
This is closely related to what some sites do (like http://www.onxiam.com/, and there's plenty more). Creating a single point where all my online presence can be found (at least those I want to expose :-)

So far I have not found a really good service for this (I keep on looking). One thing I miss so far is the possibility to add notes to each persona, as well as the ability to indicate to what extent I am active on each of them.

I ended up creating a Google Spreadsheet which I published in my homepage. Works quite good for me in most aspects. Especially since I use iGoogle daily - I get a natural reach to keep the spreadsheet updated.

The only drawback I noticed so far is that the links inside the published spreadsheet will open inside the embedded frame. Hence you need to right click and "open in new window". Seems to be a known limitation, if you have any suggestion please let me know.


Blogger Chris Brogan said...

Wink.com . It allows you to aggregate your social networking connections in one easy spot. See http://grasshopperfactory.com/cbc/connect for an example. Or click this link to go their.

August 7, 2007 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Johan Myrberger said...

Thanks Chris,

Wink.com is one of all these that "are in the pipe". But it does not allow you to grade your different personas. Or add comments. Or?

August 7, 2007 at 5:54 PM  

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