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Google and Yahoo Starting Social Networks

Posted By Bryan Eisenberg On July 9, 2007 @ 5:46 am In Blog Buzz,Social Media | 10 Comments

Yahoo is working on a “new cool social network product” called Yahoo Mosh [1], according to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington [2]. Google, meanwhile, seems to be working with Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute to create “a system for users to seamlessly share, view, and respond to many types of social content across multiple networks.”

I could be a fan of a social networking aggregator with a rich user experience. After all, seems like social networks are popping up everywhere [3].

Can Google pull this off even after others have failed?

One of the biggest challenges for social networking sites is maintaining the nature and boundaries behind the different levels of relationships within an individual’s networks. For example, people may not want to combine their personal network together with their business network or they may want some of it to overlap. There are no easy software rules that govern these preferences.

Social networking is here to stay but it is in its infancy. Of course, in the last few weeks I’ve seen a flurry of invites from LinkedIn [4] and Facebook [5]. (Go ahead; feel free to invite me to join your network, too.) I belong to several other networks as well, but the value of all these different networks isn’t entirely clear.

Do you belong to any social networks? What are you getting out of it?

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URLs in this post:

[1] Yahoo Mosh: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/07/08/mosh-yahoos-new-social-network-initiative/

[2] Michael Arrington: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/07/08/google-yahoo-both-working-on-next-generation-social-networks/

[3] social networks are popping up everywhere: http://www.conversationagent.com/conversation_agent/2007/07/your-face-every.html

[4] LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bryaneisenberg

[5] Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500386740&hiq=bryan%2Ceisenberg

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