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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.

Important weekend stories

February 24, 2008 Leave a comment

From Mary Trigiani:  Some reliable news and blog outlets are writing about Twine‘s upcoming announcement of another round of funding.  Congratulations to Twine!  At foldier, we believe that semantic features and applications will only extend the reach and utility of all networks — especially social.  It’s great that the investment tribe sees value in all the semantic-focused effort out here.

And, on the data portability front, technologists everywhere are sweetening the pot for the winning entry into the logo competition.  This illustrates how much the issue of portability touches every corner of the Internet.  I also think it’s demonstrating how good it feels to play nice.

Some tech blogs we read

February 21, 2008 Leave a comment

MIT/Stanford Venture Lab on multi-platform social networks

February 20, 2008 2 comments

This all-volunteer organization hosted another great gathering last night at Stanford, “Shaking the Money Tree of Multi-Platform Social Networks.” The presenters and panel were excellent. Make sure to visit the VLab site to learn more about Jeremiah Owyang of Forrester, Jia Shen of RockYou, Sourabh Niyogi of SocialMedia, Steve Cohen of Bebo, Kevin Marks of Google OpenSocial and Ken Gullicksen of Morgenthaler Ventures.

The biggest take-away from the panel discussion for foldier is: applications “attacking” utility issues for Internet users will be in high demand in the coming months. We’ve seen some fun entertainment apps, and now the panel is forecasting apps that make using our content easier. While foldier is a standalone system that people can use without any connection to the social networks, a great many of our members will be linking to their content on a variety of networks and sharing links with others, organizing their content and searching it very easily.

So whether we wear a social network application hat or a foldier-only hat, we are all about making the Internet easier to navigate. Last night was yet another validation of our purpose and our timing.

Dataportability VIDEO

January 16, 2008 4 comments

This is what foldier is all about.

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