Smart Social Networks – Defined and Compared

    July 27, 2006

As I’ve seen more and more social networks launch, there definitely seemed to be an evolution happening.

The concept of the “Smart” Social Network dawned on me after I learned about Multiply. At that point, I already knew about Vox and previously wrote about imbee, so I decided to write a post on what I thought was a “Smart” Social Network. My recent piece at Read/Write Web is the result.

Essentially, a Smart Social Network brings intelligence into the network. It provides a way to define and describe virtual relationships – it gives users more control.

Richard actually added some valuable thoughts to this one, particularly in the conclusion. I hope you will take a peak – Smart Social Networks:

But what if there was a way to put access controls around your personal details, so that only people you trust can see it? There’s a new type of SNS arising that enables exactly that.

“Smart” Social Networks – A Better Way to Connect

Smart social networks are bringing intelligence into the network. Similar to the real world, they are helping users describe their online relationships. Let’s take a look at some of today’s evolving “smart” social networks: Facebook, imbee, Vox, and Mulitply.


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Ken Yarmosh is a consultant who helps organizations get the most out of their technology investments. He works with technology users and creators across various industries, focusing on technology education and strategy. With over 7 years IT experience, Ken has worked with small businesses, non-profits, federal agencies, and multi-million dollar companies.

His online efforts include acting as the Editor for the Corante Technology Hub and authoring the TECHNOSIGHT blog.