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Your Social Network Transplant

Your personals automatically transferred to another social network with a single-click
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I did a quick cursory check to see if anyone had posted something similar but found none (a bit surprised -- i wont be surprised to see a link soon from one of you fine people).

About the idea, i notice that a big hot-at-the-moment social network site pops up in the news and thus the mainstream conciousness every 2-3 years such as Friendster way-way back, then MySpace 2-3 years back, and now Facebook....when this happens the natural herd instinct by people propels many to join that new hip social network at that moment...The problem i see is that these people have to then re-create from scratch their entire profile again including adding their friend connections, emailing invites, adding pictures, re-adding Widgets, status details, inbox msgs, etc, etc...

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a service that, once made aware that you are say apart of Facebook, then with your permission allow you to transfer your entire profile details (friend connections, widgets -- assuming the new site has those same widgets available, old internal emails, etc) to one or more other Social network sites without your having to do it yourself. And you had the option of closing your old account down too in the process...a true transplanter. Alternatively, you could just have it duplicate your details as best possible accross the sites.

Granted each social site is not made equal but this site would do the best it could in making the transition seamless.

Maybe you could even monitor through this one site any activities that are happening across all your network social sites (e.g., new messages arrive for you).

quantass, Dec 01 2007


       [boysparks] i checked halfbakery's "Federated Identity" submission and it's definitely different from what i am proposing...they are suggesting for a one-click login process...this is definitely baked by means of a thing called "OpenID"...it is a single login process not disimilar to microsoft's failed attempts at msn passport. OpenID doesn't prejudice itself to just social networks, it is freely available as a universal login process which at this time has received little widespread acceptance. Thanks for the link though.
quantass, Dec 01 2007

       thanks for the information [boysparks]...yea now i can see the relation...different approach but with the ideals for the same solution.   

       The only unfortunate thing with [rr]'s approach, if i am understanding it correctly, is that it requires the restructuring, and the cooperation of existing social network sites to be willing to allow the access of user's information externally. Unfortunately i doubt MySpace, Facebook, and others with established user bases would be willing to adopt this approach from fear that their user's would have the ability to mass exodus at will (kind of like carriers not having customers on cellular phone contracts)....HOWEVER, i do see [rr]'s approach more likely adpopted by new social networks that want to build a user-base from scratch...For example, if i had my personal profile at an external site and found a new social network that was compatible to get a link to my profile then that would be great and save me alot of time, making me more inticed to join.   

       My approach i proposed would get around that monopolistic less likely to adopt approach found at MySpace, Facebook, and the other behemoth ilks, considering that most people are on those.   

       Thanks for the interesting read!
quantass, Dec 02 2007

       Complete the picture with the ability to sync the contact list to a phone / PDA / blackberry / IM / whatever and you'd have something pretty marketable.
RayfordSteele, Dec 03 2007


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