Wish list for social networks: Is this so crazy?

A reader is sick of the status quo and says it's time to go beyond the conventionally stale thinking about social networks.

I wanted to repost this reader response to my Monday blog about a slowdown in venture capital funding for Web 2.0 start-ups.

"tehrani625" as he or she is called, comes off as thoroughly unimpressed with the status quo and says it's time to go beyond the conventionally stale thinking about social networks. Take a look and let me know what you think.

"I am bored of all the new social networks it would be nice if some one took something like open id and attached a friends list and then you would manage the thing from a central home page. That would give all the social aspects you need. Because you would add the various apps kinda like a face book page. Then it would connect to a storage service and some sort of email service. Then you would have all your games synced to this account."

"You would create an avatar that would work with all the virtual world services. Then you would have all your other type of productivity apps attached. So then everything would be integrated. So if you make a document on your computer and it auto syncs to the online service and is automatically added to your online word processor. All these services are available but all of them are all over the place. Why can't they all be integrated? More or less.

"It would be nice to have an account and then not have to create an account every time I want to post on a certain forum. But that's just what I think. It would also be nice to have integration into ones cell phone with a reasonable access fee instead of the $5 you have to pay on Verizon and then some and you don't even get mobile web. If anything it would be nice to have better more available virtual words that are more usable."

Of course, isn't that pretty much the promise (or threat?) of OpenSocialplus the social graph API? (Apropos, check out Rafe Needleman's interview with Google's David Glazer on the future of OpenSocial.)

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.


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