Category Archives: social graph

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

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.

Awash in Social Graphs and News Feeds, Happy Birthday felt great!

karaokeYesterday was my birthday and it was good. My wife and girls treated me to a great lunch, a great dinner, a sparkler-filled Krispy Kreme donut cake and plenty of presents along the way. They even gave me an early present last week, allowing for some family Wii karaoke on the tail of Christmas vacation.

Interestingly, however, when my wife told me “Happy Birthday” before I left for work yesterday, she wasn’t the first. You see, one of my blog readers, “Mark”, beat her to it with a 12:30am Skype. I also had multiple early morning well-wishers from various social networks.

Friends in California who I see maybe once a year even beat my dad and brother to the punch — and I talk to those guys almost daily.

Although I feel buried by social graph feeds and worry about personal data privacy, birthday wishes throughout the day felt good. It’s just one of the simple pleasures of perpetual connectedness.

In thanks for all the birthday love, here’s an interesting online find: Hey There Delilah via online karaoke, including recording, saving and sharing…enjoy!

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