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Monday, February 28, 2011

Ramping Up 'Social' With

Social networks have evolved a lot over the last few years.  Facebook is obviously the one that has emerged as the true 'king of social networking'.  The great thing today is that these services don't block out others forcing them to try to create something that mimics them to try and compete.  Today, other companies can create great services that tie-in making the experience and power of these networks even better.

So what's one of the biggest barriers with Facebook?  It's basically all about typing.  If you want video interaction, you have to go somewhere else.  Then you have to open another account, build another group of friends, yada yada yada.  Well, not anoymore because now there is!  This service allows for video chat and conferencing that utilizes FacebookConnect allowing you to log in with your Facebook account and bring all of your contacts with you.  Cool, huh?  I thought so.

When you start up the service you notice 5 slots in addition to yourself to add others in.  Now, from a personal standpoint it may be kind of weird bringing in people who may not know one another.  Well, if you're the matchmaker type, then this may be a dream come true for you and possibly awkward and irritating to your friends all at the same time.

From a business standpoint, this could have real possibilities and take Facebook to a whole new level for your organization.  Rather than Facebook being something just to complain about work and hope your boss isn't masking themselves as some person you don't remember from college so you'll 'friend' him and he can spy on you.  You could build lists of colleagues and video conference.  Just make sure you're not still in your PJ's when the "meeting" starts.

Check it out and let me know what you think.
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