WANTED: New Kind of CMS and New Kind of Start Page

Posted by on June 30, 2008 at 11:29 am.

wantedI’m looking for a couple things that I’m surprised I cannot find, yet:

1) New kind of CMS, turning your site/blog into your single profile/lifestream/social graph instead of maintaining those concepts across Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed or elsewhere. There are some lifestream plugins for WordPress and some one-off integrated design efforts, but this feels like something worthy of a new CMS from the ground up — the mix of profile and social graph requires rethinking refresh cycles, data location/sharing, and existing blog/page design concepts. Now that APIs are proliferating at a rapid rate, it’s possible to create the truly distributed social network — where we own/control the end-nodes. Any ideas who is closest to this?

2) New kind of Start Page, combining SearchMe‘s visual pageflows, in-pageflow navigation/scrolling and PageFlakes/GReader RSS organization. The result would be a Start Page for my top 10+ pages of daily consumption, allowing in-page navigation/reading and the aesthetics of coverflow. This may be possible with SearchMe’s stacks (still trying), but I’m curious if any other start page platforms are incorporating the coverflow design concepts. Ideas?

I think #1 is a bigger idea, but both would bring me value.

UPDATE: @quangt mentioned Chris Pirillo’s new WicketPixie design as coming closer to the SocialCMS I’m suggesting. I really like what Matt Brett pulled together for Chris, but the Social Me and Faves pages are a couple examples of why I think a new CMS structure is in order. There should be a way to incorporate blogging, profiles, and the social graph in a more elegant, inclusive way than just pages/tabs.

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