Monday, March 22, 2004 :::
Durand on Social Networks
Durand makes a valid point on the limitations of social networks. He feels that social networks will always struggle with their member bases because they have to manually pull information out of their members. Their member information will be outdated "almost immediately." In a world of identities and single-sign ups, a member's self-controlled information would be uploaded to any social network that user joined. It would not only be automatically updated, but a great deal more accurate and detailed.
Of course, the problem is that there isn't an infrastructure for identities yet, and until then social networks need to do the best they can with the way the Internet works at present. But that may change as the Identity movement gains traction, and Andre's PingID may be at the forefront of that traction.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:43 PM