1. Hey Laurel,
    I agree that there is something to be said for the actual social network space, being within the site (facebook eg) and being able to exit and logoff…
    but I then think about rss feed aggregators, like google reader that I am using right now, that give me the summary of what’s new – which i can then choose to visit the page if I want to get into more depth – or level of interaction. I guess it’s the way you use the aggregator.
    I think it will be very interesting to see how googles social network aggregator, Socialstream, impacts on this space. Yes an aggregator lacks the ambience and personal touchy-feely aspect of the specific social network site – but sometimes the organisation of information, which google does well, is more important.

  2. Hi

    I, too, like to ‘be’ in a place, I have SL for that.

    I don’t think though that ‘belonging’ is a virtual geographical phenomenon. Sure, being in one spot, all cuddly together, can help that, but to not then be there shouldn’t have to mean the [conversayshun] stops.

    These ‘aggregators’ are a good start, but I contend that most are only still one way – read, not read/write. Read/write and mobile (in terms of not having to be at a predetermined place) offers moat flexibility and therfore most possibility to continue the relationship.

    Point taken about always on. Though I have a bit different slant on tat. Another day. I’m off to work *sigh*


  3. Hey Laurel, I came across your thoughts on social network aggregator here, and you seem to have done an extensive research on the subject. You probably have heard of Spokeo (www.spokeo.com), and our approach is to present these non-RSS information in a simple reader.

    I would love to hear your thoughts and critiques on our approach of aggregating your friends’ information into a reader.

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