Social Network Fatigue

April 25, 2008

Social Network Fatigue

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at Computerworld says he doesn’t want to friend me. With an ever-increasing number of social media options, who can blame him? He has a long track record as an online social networker, with roots going back to managing listservs and Compuserve groups.

Zude is a promising option for those of us facing social networking site fatigue. As Brian Solis observes, it allows the user to incorporate elements from other social networking sites into a personal Zude page. Almost anything can be dragged, dropped, remixed and mashed up.

I’ve often discussed the need to be able to keep all one’s social capital in one place. Zude is a first step towards what that place might look like. Right now it looks more like MySpace than LinkedIn, but there’s no reason it can’t be used for professional purposes. And a professional Zude-type tool would have the added value proposition, if done right, of saving busy professionals time by updating everything at once and doing away with the need for multiple passwords and online identities.

Baby steps. But steps in the right direction.

Thanks to mattkeefe for the image

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