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SocialStream: The Google-Sponsored Next Gen Social Network

Google isn’t completely blind to the social networking trend:
they’ve sponsored an ambitious social networking project that aimed to
interconnect existing networks. Last year, Google sponsored a project at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, says Google Operating System, which calls itself a unified social network (USN).

SocialStream, as the project is called, would let you post content
to and from social networks. There’s a demo video below, and the
project aims to be user-centric, rather than network centric. It
assumes that all services have APIs, however, which isn’t yet the case
with the leader, MySpace. From the site:

Socialstream allows users to post content to any
participating network. Because of this, it can inherit the ability to
handle any type of content: photos, blogs, video, audio, events, and
many forms of structured data. By consolidating the controls for
publishing in one place, users are free to consider the content of
their posts, and only as an afterthought specify the people who should
see it and the sites that host it. By consolidating content in one
place, Socialstream increases the benefit of commentary and referring
posts, and lowers the barriers to participation.

“Google-sponsored” doesn’t necessarily mean “Google will launch
this”, but it’s nonetheless interesting that such a project exists, and
from the shots and description, it could be very impressive.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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