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Help me deal with the glut of social communities

I want a portable universal profile — that I can edit once — for every community I care to join.   Keeping track of all of them is a full time job.    Frankly, I already have one of those.   Anyone working on a profile widget?   I’d pay for the service.

At first there seemed to be a good reason to belong to a lot of these — but so far just 2 web 2.0 communities get my regular attention — linkedin and twitter.    I’m rapidly losing interest in facebook.   I get great utility out of though I rarely use it as a community site.   I just don’t get brightkite.   I’ll check back in with it in 6 months or so.

My short term preoccupation with Facebook has stolen time that I would rather be spending with my favorite communities – Flyertalk and Mark Squires.  Granted these aren’t new fangled web 2.0 communities, but I’ve made more friends there than I ever expect to make on these newer social sites that aren’t laser focused on my personal interests.

Which sites will be winners?  Which sites will disappear after a brief glint in the sun?

communities that could be around for a long time

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Flickr

flash in the plan sites:

  • Facebook -> Widget Quality Control might bring me back.  Then again maybe not.
  • Classmates -> Put a fork in it.
  • Bright kite -> Yet to prove that there is even a flash
  • Plaxo -> who has time for Plaxo ?

Back to my original question — anyone working on a universal profile?   Let me get my checkbook.


p.s. this was just too funny. Stephan Pastis is hilarious. he’s made me forget about the loss of the Far Side.  Check out Pearls Before Swine at

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