Pageflakes Blizzard - first a startpage, then introduced public topic pages (pagecasts), now they are a social network, something that was inevitable in this competitive arena.
Here is the profile directory, unlike Facebook you can’t actually see someone’s startpage or dashboard (Facebook does a good job of permissions in allowing people to only see certain parts of your dashboard).
Hmmm, Technorati Favourites is kind of like Pagecasts (only it’s not widgets, and feeds are grouped in tags instead of Pagecasts), and you can see an owners profile and add friends.
Yourminis is already doing it to, check out this random user, each profile has your widgets, favourite widgets, your pages (these are like pagecasts)…Yourminis also doubles up as a startpage.
Webjam is another pagecast site with a strong blog module and community feel check out this jam, but like Netvibes Universes it’s public, but not networked, although they do have a community module which has a touch of social networking. Webjam has 4 different module types.
Unizr - is a topic discussion forum, rove around groups and post away, nothing new…Tangler’s doing this with real-time chat and heading towards social networking, also see meebo room’s, chatango, chinswing for audio forums, and more IM rooms (Lingr, buddystumblr, IMVU, Tworl, Pibb)
CommonGate is similar but the topics are like blogs (it’s less geared for discussion), and then we have tag based forums (Vennt, TalkingHub, SayOutLoud, Tagsurf, Blogoforum, startplane)
See comment below, it seems Unizr has chat and also conference/group chat with your group…maybe same idea as YackPack.
SezWho - we have all seen rating blog posts, but what about rating comments on blog posts…then others can filter all the comments on the blog post by rating, instead of having to scan them all. Pretty nifty for blogs with comment heavy posts.
You can also hover over a commenters name to see their history of comments on that blog, plus you can see their history of comments on all the blogs they comment on…is this CoComment territory. For more on ratings and comments see here (scroll to topic headings) [via R/WW]
VelvetPuffin - multi-IM client with social networking features (including blog posting)…either get a desktop version or Rich Internet Application (RIA) version (meaning you can close the browser and use it as if it were a desktop app) [via WW]