We have Lifestreams where we aggregate all our postings from our various profiles into one stream (sometimes called a profile aggregator), we can use a robust service like Ziki or Mugshot or a bloglike service like Tumblr or Suprglu.
Then we have Friendstreams where we can keep an eye on our friends lifestreams, kind of like using an RSS Reader to keep up with your friends blogs.
If all your friends have lifestreams you can subscribe to their lifestream feed in your RSS Reader, if they use the same lifestream service as you, you can keep up with them within the lifestream service.
Other services like Tabber allow you to create lifestreams on behalf of your friends (this is your contact type list)…if a friend later joins you can use the lifesteam they created instead…also see FriendFeed.
Some RSS Readers like Spokeo will harvest your email contacts and fetch your contacts web 2.0 user spaces. Very effective way of subscribing to all your friends content without them having to be being part of Spokeo, and very effective way of subscribing to content…also see BlueSwarm.
An extension of a friendstream may be like the Facebook news feed, they should really call this “friend clickstream“, as it records stuff your friends do eg. Henry added a photo, Jessica accepted a Friend request, Miles commented on Sonja’s wall, Jerry added the Twitter app, etc…
Imagine a meta-friend clickstream for all the social networks you are in.
Then we have Lifestream Groups, where you not only stream all your stuff and add friends and view all their stuff, but you can create a formal group to share links, chat, etc…
What about a Commentstream, comments you make all over the web…lots of people store their comments they make on blogs in a social bookmark manager, or a dedicated service like CoComment or co.mments. This could further be extended to collect comments you make anywhere on the web, not just blogs.
Then there is Steve Rubel’s idea of the Replystream, a place to collect people interacting with you
eg. comments on your blog, @replies from Twitter, comments people make in your social networks and inbound links to your blog and other sites…maybe this could even be called Egostream.
Streams are fine, but the next inevitable step is an Inboxstream: receiving comments to your blog, micro blog, social networks, and everything else in the one inbox, Fuser is on the case. Then the reverse is to be able to comments on your friends networks from within the one spot…perhaps an Outboxstream.
More on Fuser:
Fuser is a meta inbox for all your email account and social network accounts. My first reaction is that my Gmail has notifications emails from anyone interacting with me from a social network, and I can easily receive auto-forward emails from my other email accounts.
A notification from a social network that someone as added you as a friend, commented, private messaged you, is usually just that a notification, most of the time it lacks the content.
My second reaction was what about the reverse, what about posting back a comment, private message, etc… to any of your social networks, mashable tells us this is now starting to become possible (replying to a Facebook wall post, comment, private message).
They also have a leaderboard feature, where you can get a summary on friends you interact with the most.
I really like the idea of an inbox/outbox stream for my social networks and being able to action items them without having to leave Fuser, at last I may be able to use some of the features of Facebook without having to go to their website which is banned by workplaces…how long will it take before Fuser becomes too hot for workplaces to handle.
In related news Hueniverse has posted on Jababout, which is a controlled form of viral posting for Facebook, based on social network groupings. Basically emailing or messaging groupings of people, these could be your explicit friends, your friends that are all in a group, your friends that have all added the Twitter app, etc…
Notice that your friends is a formal group, but within this are groupings, if a friend deleted their Twitter app from Facebook, then they will no longer be in this grouping.
Anyway the real power is that if each friend who receives this message has friends that pertain to the same criteria than these friends get sent the same message, and so on…the degrees of friends can be set at the start or perhaps each receiver can choose to push the message on with one click, and the system will know which friends of their’s to sent it to.
In a nutshell, it’s pushing a message through degrees of separation based on the criteria of a grouping or slice of common data.
What if this applied to an assembled blog social network like MyBlogLog (I say assembled, as the blogs are not inhouse)…I could publish a post on my blog and tag it, my MyBlogLog friends who use the same tag on posts in their blog will be pushed my blog post.
Usually if you add a friend, you are notified of their new content, it’s a “pull” to me method, but if a friend you have added has posted on something or linked to something or tagged something that is similar to your content you would automatically be pushed this post. This is kind of a third alternative to link/post sharing 1. subscribe to a friend/blog and be updated of all their new content, 2. push (share) a friend a link you think they will like, and 3. the system will recommended you a post/link from a friend you have added based on your similarities…1. Me 2. You 3. the System.
I think we could really have fun with some Social graphing with our Facebook friends and friends of friends, etc…mapping out your social world. Futher basing this analysis on a criteria such as which friends you message the most, and their friends they message the most, or using other criteria such as wall comments, poke, etc…
This is social mapping based on your friends and their friends, etc…it’s exploring patterns and new contacts starting from a formal base which is your friends, and it unfolds from there onwards.
I’d also like to analyse on other social groupings that aren’t my explicit friends, but people within the same system that have common actions as me.
Fuser could be a contender for these types of data relationships, they already have the Leaderboard feature that does some analysis and presents you some results, and this is across many social networks.
What about being able to mash this up yourself, and get results in social maps!
Don’t think I’ve seen a mashup up tool based on social interactions…