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Monday, March 29, 2004 :::

A Social Network for Information Exchange

Dave Weinberger summarizes a social networking conference worth checking out.

So far I see dating networks, professional networks and friend networks. Many combine all three. But what many of us want is a social network for information exchange. In other words, meet-people networks are about making relationships rather than exchanging information. There's nothing wrong with the former but if you want information, and there's someone out there who has it, wouldn't it be great to have a network that faciliated an exchange?

When we run a search at Google, we are generally looking for information. And as great as it is, Google doesn't always deliver. This is because it's searching documents. If there were a way to search the world of people as resources, a searchable social network of willing and able minds, then information exchange could become that much more efficient. Technorati is perhaps the next best thing outside of the social network model.

::: posted by Allen Searls at 2:53 PM

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