Social network intelligenti

Nell’ottimo Read/Write Web, tech-blog “focused on Next Generation Web Technology“, Ken Yarmosh presenta un elenco di smart social networks. Gli smart social software nascono dalla necessità di rendere più intelligenti, ovvero più rispondenti alle esigenze degli utenti, i software di collaborazione ormai copiosi in rete.

Come nota Yarmosh “In the real world we usually keep the professional and personal parts of our lives separate […] this level of relational granularity has not been present in the Web social networking space – your private data often becomes public. […] But what if there was a way to put access controls around your personal details, so that only people you trust can see it?”

Ecco il risultato (estratti dalle voci):

  • Facebook – Facebook connections are primarily based around networks. For example, if you went to ABC University, you would initially be placed within the ABC University network. From there, you can determine who in that network can see your profile – friends, friends of friends, or everyone – as well as what contact information is available to each one of those groups.
  • Imbee – is the “first secure social networking and blogging destination for kids.” Users can’t just connect with each other by browsing profiles. They need to know the e-mail addresses and/or imbee user names of other imbee members.
  • Vox – It is aimed at serving the personal blogging market – and while focused on blogging, they’ve added a twist by making it feel much more like a social network. Besides making it easier to integrate web services like YouTube, Flickr, Photobucket, and others, Vox’s big push is about privacy […] Vox users can define those in their “Neighborhood” as a general acquaintance, “friend”, or “family” connection.
  • Multiply – is an exciting social networking site that provides an incredible amount of control over how relationships are defined. Not only can users categorize contacts through three different groups, they also can specify the particulars of that relationship – husband, roommate, business contact.

L’esigenza di declinare gli strumenti di networking in relazione ai contesti frequentati – ed alle identità che si vengono ad assumere in quei contesti – è dunque sempre più sentita, ed è interessante seguire l’evoluzione dei social software in questa direzione. Occorre però monitorare che un certo grado di libertà e trasparenza venga preservato, poiché mi sembra che la chiusura in questo senso rappresenterebbe l’esatta negazione dei principi ispiratori dei software collaborativi

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