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foldier and the social graph

From Mary Trigiani.  Dan Farber distilled Charlene Li’s presentation at this week’s Graphing Social Patterns conference very well in this post on his blog the other day.  Because social graphing is about charting and analyzing the connections people make digitally, the foldier team is very interested in absorbing expert analysis — especially since we also fall into the category of “web application.”

Dan writes:

Li offer a few recommendations to the Graphing Social Patterns audience of developers, investors and industry watchers:

• Create linkages between services based on individually controlled identity federation.
• Compete on the most compelling social experience, not on lock-in.
• Develop social apps that have meaning, that are more utilitarian. “If you have to explain why Facebook is interesting, it’s not going to become more mainstream,” Lee said.
• Integrate social graphs into existing activities.
• Design business models that reflect the value created by people’s social networks.

We think the big deal both for apps and networks is relevance — a place in the user’s digital experience — what Charlene and others call utility or utilitarian.

As I’ve written here in the past, my work experience with foldier has been made more interesting by how I’ve been able to imbed its use in my daily web-based activity — sharing articles, establishing a dialog with others reading them, etc.

And using foldier has unburdened me of the concern I’ve always had about finding something I’ve filed — trying to remember which file I used for storing it.

I also like the fact that open identity and portability issues are on their way to being resolved.  We’re working hard to make sure that our users have unending access to the data they turn into personal content, without robbing host sites of their intellectual property.

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