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Tuesday

Social Network

I saw this on Mashable this morning and wonder if it is something I have been looking for.

I belong to several social networking sites with a particular emphasis on business networking (MySpace just does not do it for me).

Everyday I look at my gmail inbox and see the updates from Ryze and Ecademy and realize I have not updated my profile, or in some cases, have not added anything to them since I joined.

I want to take my LinkedIn profile and export it to Ryze and the others with one or two clicks. There must be a way to do this because everyone must hate copying and creating new profiles!

So I checked out socialnetwork.in and no, it does not do what I want it to do.

Firefox has an Autofill widget on the toolbar for filling in online forms. There must be something like this for SN sites as well.

Any ideas? (Great Web 2.0 service, hint hint).

1 comment:

Gideon Marken said...

Hi, this is Gideon, the developer behind SocialNetwork.in - sorry to hear that the site doesn't meet your need.

I can tell you that what you described 'is' something I've thought about, and I believe there are some people working on standardizing a general profile. For example OpenID is a tech/movement in the identity area, and is something I'd like to support in the sites/services I build.

Ideally, you would want to manage your profile information at one location, and have all the sites/services you use, update themselves from or point at your primary identity. This would work better than copying your profile data from site to site.

This is something I can explore with SocialNetwork.in, as it makes sense as a feature of the site.

The only issue here, is that each site/service you join has different fields and field names, so there would need to be some work done on one of the two sides of the equation. Either I'd need to catalog and map fields on the various sites, or the sites themselves would have to use an API that SocialNetwork.in would offer. And as I type that sentance, I'm again thinking about how OpenID works - and that I should work to add support for OpenID, and have the site function as an idendity manager. Hmm... :)

Thank you for checking out the site and mentioning it on your blog.

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