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Google Reader Privacy Kerfuffle – Why Passively Social Products are Really Hard

TweetI’ve been following this kerfuffle over the security and privacy “mishap” over Google Reader’s shared items feed and their second attempt at rolling out some truly “passively social” features and functions and allowing you to see the items shared by other folks who are in your Gmail contacts. I find it hard to argue that […]

Is Google “Knol” a Big Deal? Probably Not Yet

TweetI was reading the official Google Blog about their upcoming “knol” product launch – “Official Google Blog: Encouraging people to contribute knowledge” yesterday. After reading this post, it sounds a lot like FUD to me. I’ve never really accused Google of FUD-slinging before, but this sounds like a pre-announcement of a product that still has […]

Google Reader Feed Recommendations – Bring on "Passively Social” Products

TweetI’ve been waiting for Google Reader to roll out the feed recommendation service that just popped into my feed reader yesterday. I think this service will actually be far more useful for people who consume a ton of feeds than it will for those who are casual feed readers. This assertion isn’t based on any […]

Google Shared Items – Make It Better So I Can Use It

TweetWhen I first heard about the Google Shared Stuff application, I was definitely intrigued. I’ve always used del.icio.us to keep track of random pages I find across the web, but I’ve never really loved the interface. The main drawback I have is that I read all of my feeds in Google Reader and it’s so […]

Inbox 2.0 – I Think it’s Too Late to Matter for Social Networking (but fix them anyway)

TweetI’ve been reading a few of these posts about Inbox 2.0 and the “Biggest Social Graphs” and they line up with some things I’ve been thinking as well. I’ve posted two blurbs recently on email and social networking – you can read them here and here. Overall, I do agree that email inboxes do contain […]

OpenSocial – Is Opening Up the Answer?

TweetI’ve been reading a bunch of posts about Google and friends launching the Open Social. So far, my favorite posts are this one, this one, and this one. Overall, I am skeptical (are you surprised?) that simply “opening up” is the recipe for victory. A few thoughts arranged in some rough form. At the end […]

Xobni and the Future of Social Networking Data

TweetEarlier this week a friend of mine updated his IM status message asking his friends for thoughts on the future of social networking as he was getting ready to speak at an event on that very topic. I think that what the Xobni guys are working on is the future of where social networking is […]

A Different Take on “How Portals Will Win the Social Networking Wars”

TweetI read this post by Steve Rubel several times and I still don’t quite get the logic as to why portals will win in the social networking war. Google and Yahoo (in particular) have a lot of the components mentioned in these posts (IM, email, address books, etc) and it hasn’t translated into success in […]

I Don’t Get the Open Social Graph Meme (and why the Facebook “Tax” is OK by Me)

TweetEvery now and then some meme goes around the blogosphere that I just don’t get (check out this post, this post, or this post if you want a good summary). Right now, that’s how I feel about the “open social graph” meme that keeps talking about how we need an open system for social networking […]

Google Apps and Cap Gemini – Learn First, Make Money Second

TweetI was reading this post on RWW about how Google and CapGemini are going to work together to drive Google Apps adoption in the enterprise. The post lined up with a bunch of things I’ve been thinking about after reading some Office 2.0 recaps. Is it just me or does there seem to be a […]