Here’s my pipe dream. All of these social software projects will merge into one meta-project, neatly merging all of our data and relationships. Of course, that will never happen.
This reminds me of Tim O’Reilly’s keynote speech at ETech. He covers what’s on his radar. None of it is particularly surprising, but they’re all interesting points. He’s got a nice broad perspective on social software and what he calls ‘second-order network effects’. It’s definitely worth a listen. IT Conversations is a great site, actually. No required registration, and plenty of fascinating speakers to listen to. I’ve taken to listening to a speech or interview while working out (assuming, of course, none of the asshats turn the stereo up to 11).
Thanks to those who invited me to Orkut. I’m all hooked up. If anybody not in Orkut wants in, I’m happy to return the favour. What we’ll do now isn’t apparent to me. Wait for the Orkut-killer to come along, I guess. Here’s a feature request for Orkut (and all the social networks)–I want a permanent, publically-accessable URL to my profile. Maybe I’ve got one and just haven’t found it yet?