The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 11:35:33 AM on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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by Chris Miller at 09:40:11 AM on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
  • You have become lost and disoriented.
  • You are not sure where to log in and where to create a new account.
  • You are unsure what to do with all this content you have published and gathered over the past year to longer.
  • Where did your friends go?
  • Will you be able to find them?
  • Could you make new friends?
  • Holy crap I lost my status as king of that network !!

You are now officially a refugee from a closed and shuttered social network and an immediate sufferer to Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS).  The recent closing of Pownce prompted me to consider this emerging area.  Many people are currently being left stranded without a home after their social network folds and closes or worse yet moves to some bizarre paid account scenario when everyone thought it would be ad supported at best.

So what happens to your content?  You either find some way to download and export it, have it already saved locally and have to re-import or another site comes along and offers a migration toolset to get you on to their platform.  This goes back to something I have been preaching about data stability (announcement coming shortly in that area).
  • What responsibility does the network have to give us notice and proper access to obtain our data that has been entered?
  • I am not just talking pictures and stuff, but the relationships we have created and the links to these people?
  • Should the networks be held responsible to provide the proper tools to export our content?
  • Should the networks be responsible to give us a mapping of our social connections on that network?
  • Should the networks provide some form of public statement on what will happen with our data stored on their servers?  Is the server data and all bakcups destroyed?  Is it transferred to some new site or company that buys them?  Can they sell the names?

The lack of publicly produced documentation is staggering across all of the sites that are closing.  Does anyone see the need for some form of formal policy from these providers?

by Chris Miller at 10:07:43 AM on Friday, December 5th, 2008
This week is Kallow, Microsoft Live and social networking, Facebook Connect, barcode scanning and more.

The roundtable discussion with Caleb Elston, Sarah Perez, Jeff(isageek), and myself (IdoNotes). Just under 1:08 in length.

Find articles on our topics by following our groups bookmarks on Diigo here.

by Chris Miller at 01:59:04 PM on Thursday, December 4th, 2008
With the numerous enterprise meeting applications out there, from Webex to Lotus Sametime, all companies are looking for a way to streamline the ability to have good quality online meetings.  Now I am not saying that DimDim is the answer for everyone, but a recent move they made makes them a smart choice.

I tested DimDim some time ago, and the personal account remains free (up to 20 attendees) now that they are not in beta.  DimDim provides all the features you want:
  • screen sharing
  • video
  • broadcasting
  • VOIP
  • multiple presenters
  • private and public chat
  • recording and archiving
  • this list really goes on....
sheesh, go look at the long list of things you can do with it.

Here is the kicker to the whole thing.  While you can buy an enterprise hosted model. they decided to also release an open source version you can install on your own servers and manage in house.  Tap that on with Claroline, an open source education tool, and you can stick this product into any company or school for a winning result.

I have used it now a few times with great success and to see an open source model really strikes against items like Lotus Sametime and it's current meeting center abilities.

by Chris Miller at 08:30:00 AM on Monday, December 1st, 2008
A subset of VGS has surfaced in the wild of social networking recently.  Be warned, no known cures exist today!!!  But I have the medical definition already written out.  As the title of the posting suggests, it is Repetitive Posting Syndrome (RPS), a new part of VGS.

Some new services like and now offer the ability to submit the same content and postings to multiple sites.  Instead of creating a simple flow between them (such as the ability to submit RSS to Twitter or have your Twitter postings show on Facebook, etc etc etc). You write a post once and then have it show up at every social network you define.  Between the two sample I listed, that covers over 20 different sites and networks.  This ability to submit to all at once enhances the feeling and empowers the person cursed with VGS.

So far, the only know way to force temporary remission, not a cure, is direct combating of RPS from the followers of the person afflicted.  I have seen interventions take place where followers band together and 'unfollow' the poor RPS sufferer.  What they do not realize is that by simply making noise about not following that person, they have wreaked havoc with the VGS.  Services like Qwitter, that alert you when someone stops following you, definitely change your perception on how your postings are perceived by followers.  You start to over analyze each individual tweet to see how you offended someone.  Yet they do not stop RPS sufferers from continuing forth to make their presence felt on every network.  The followers then also suffer since so many user FriendFeed, which the RPS person has also aggregated in so you see the same posting 14 times at once.

What we need is a simple way to prompt someone kindly without jumping into the immediate unfollow.  It is only fair to tell someone, rather than walk away.  The person with RPS needs to be treated gingerly and softly so as not to create a ripple in their smooth VGS taste.

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