19 Sep 2006

Overview of Social Network Tools

Dave Pollard provides an overview of social network tools and their functionalities:

  • Finding people (discovering, rediscovering, or locating them)
  • Building directories, network maps and social networks
  • Inviting people to join your networks
  • Managing access to your networks ("permissioning")
  • Connecting with people in your networks (using various media)
  • Managing relationships across media (e.g. making the jarring transition from e-mail or weblog-based relationships to voice-to-voice or face-to-face)
  • Collaborating with people in your networks, and
  • Content sharing with people in your networks (and other learning, knowledge-finding and knowledge-sharing functionalities that are arguably the domain of Knowledge Management rather than Social Networking)

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