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Social knotwork
I'm having a social-network identity crisis. That is to say, I'm having a crisis due to how many places I have an on-line identity.

I have a lot of on-line friends, but they are scattered across multiple sites. And even though many of them have a few websites in common, there is no one place frequented by all of them (no, not even Facebook).

I'm sending this through Ping.fm, which I've come to use more and more thanks to its ease of use and its ability to blast posts to multiple services at once. I think this may be the best solution available to me from a pool of just-okay ones. It lets me be heard on multiple sites and it doesn't require me to beg my friends to convert to something new.

The problem still unresolved is that there's no way for me to collect any and all responses *from* friends across various sites into one place where I can read them. I could come close by using FriendFeed or another RSS reader/aggregator, but some sites (hello, Facebook?) don't make feeds available for things like that.

On a slightly related note, I've been working on a chart of my "social knotwork" that shows the flow of posts I make onto and among the various sites I frequent. Maybe I will make it public, maybe not.

P.S. This was supposed to go to both Facebook and LiveJournal, but it failed to make it onto LJ (I've copied it over manually). I hope that doesn't mean I have to mistrust Ping.fm now.
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jope From: jope Date: July 17th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoisi, by Chris Blizzard of Mozilla fame, looked very promising, but development stalled early.

My aggrogator.org domain awaits an elegant solution by myself or some other worthy soul.
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nekoken From: nekoken Date: July 18th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Email notifications? And pipe through procmail, filtering into a special folder or converting to a different format. Not generically useable, but useable for individual effort. Think pretty much all social sites have ability to notify any updates via email.
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