October 17, 2007

Tim O'Reilly on the social network operating system. Some good points on the importance of identity and interop of addresses to people.

However, all this talk of YASN-as-address-book is missing the rest of the picture. YASN-as-platforms are not just a convenient way to manage your contact information. They are *also* a way for you to manage social-networks ... which means controlling access.

Not just, as O'Reilly says, allowing your YASN to see into your company directory and see that a potential contact works for you, but to create a company by inviting someone to be your employee in the YASN - with the social-network-operating-system handling all the financial, HR and legal issues that that entails.
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