Social Networks Next Game

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by: Idris

Continuing on looking at the development of
social networks along its lifecycle, search is
definitely the next thing that changes its very idea. Whether it’s just a
manual search (with automated grouping or member-recommended groupings) will
depend on the concept models of how each of those social network sites. It’s no
question search will be the killer feature for social networking sites.

Check out Digg for search. The new Wink Collections
allows you to create a group of interesting links and share them with friends.
They added social networking and now support rich media including YouTube. The
new share feature is a bit like the one from Facebook.

There is another new feature: a
people search engine for Bebo, MySpace and Linkined
– that appears under the People tab on the homepage. Wink
is doing a complete crawl of these sites, allowing you to find people based on
their name, username or interests etc. Wink also lets you bookmark people and
add them to your connections. The advanced search is even more powerful,
allowing you to search specific areas of a profile page.

Another company Plaxo has created the first Web service to share
data between major address and calendar programs. With Plaxo
, as the new service is known, consumers can synchronize address
books and calendar data locked up inside Microsoft Outlook or Google etc. This new service is going to compete with other social networks (particualy for
business users), which, rather than forming links between computer address
books, link people online through their shared media interests–based on what
they write or the photos and video they choose to share.

You should also check out a
meta-social networking site call Snag.
It offers search across LinkedIn, MySpace,
Facebook, Friendster and Hi5
. It also allows you to see your friends
from all the networks, see your inboxes, and get status updates on your
friends. This is the meta social network search. I can vision a feature that
shows which social network one has signed up or actively engaged in. Or
create network maps of how one is affiliated with another through a number of
networks. This will be a cool and useful feature, especially for business
social networking. I will share my slides on the future evolution of social
networks once I am done with it.

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