A Soc Full of Nets

After signing up for CityTrex, Dopplr and GoodReads this weekend (and sprucing up my Upcoming.org page), I have to ask, how many freaking soc nets can one person join before the utility wears off? Despite the clear value in each individual offering, there has to be a limit, right?
Of course, it’s a big part of my job to know what’s happening out there in social media land, but still. And the thing is, I’m not even close to being on all of the “important” soc nets. I’m not on Pownce, for instance.
Anil Dash is on MySpace, but not he’s not active there, nor supportive. Here’s the headline he’s running on his page:
I keep thinking someone’s going to create one place where all this functionality and content can co-exist in perpetuity. Facebook is the closest thing we have at the moment, thanks to their open source widgets which allow users to import some of their outside soc net data, like photos from Flickr or bookmarks from del.icio.us.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I totally agree we need a system to control and collect all of our social network participation, but I have to strongly disagree that it should live on a central service someone else controls, like Facebook.
    As you might suspect, I think our work on Action Streams is going to be part of the answer:
    Open, decentralized, works with about 75 networks already, and it’s free. Seems like a good first step. 🙂