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[qi:009] Amanda Mooney has a great idea: Google (GOOG) should build “capability to import my Outlook, Ziggs, LinkedIn and Plaxo contacts into my Reader account and have Google instantly subscribe to news and blog feeds related to my people.” In other words, they can implement some […]

[qi:009] Amanda Mooney has a great idea: Google (GOOG) should build “capability to import my Outlook, Ziggs, LinkedIn and Plaxo contacts into my Reader account and have Google instantly subscribe to news and blog feeds related to my people.” In other words, they can implement some sort of “auto discovery” and turn Google Reader into a life stream aggregator ala Facebook. The only negative: Google will have even more information about us. What do you guys think?

  1. If we could have a standard for maintaining contacts like openID, gravataar it would be useful.

    People could use this and all websites could use the API to import and stay in touch with our contacts.

    Google doing this would be a closed system (my guess).

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  2. Good point Vivek. My view on this would be if the contact information can be taken in and out, it would make life easier. I guess all these guys have to start working together, trying to make sense of everything from a consumer perspective.

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  3. Great to hear your thoughts on this Vivek and Om. Duncan Riley commented on the subject and said “Google’s Socialstream product (currently under private development) might do most, if not all of this.”

    It would be an awesome development if, even in the most basic form, we could pull in a feed of our contacts’ names as search terms to be aggregated in Reader. Something as simple as that would really help.

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  4. I wanted to comment on Vivek comment about “contacts standard” – it reminds me of a piece I read in the BBC about an EA exec wishing for an open platform standard for games consoles (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7052420.stm) = It is a good idea but I don’t see the big players do it. And besides, diversity plays a large role in evolution. I guess it will not be that hard for the Google guys to figure out what is the name and phone tags out of any contact card.

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  5. Authorization is the sticky part. Social network sites each have their own policies, increasingly granular, for who sees what and when. Those social compacts make communities safe for disclosure.

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  6. [...] hipotética expresada en su blog por Amanda Mooney, una consultora de comunicación, y recogida posteriormente por Om Malik en su GigaOM, donde fue donde yo lo [...]

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  7. FYI, we are already doing social blog post discovery thing with Blog Friends on facebook: the current service allows you to follow friends’ and friends’ friends’ blogs, and the forthcoming new version will add a lot more wide-ranging and in-depth social recommendation features.

    http://apps.facebook.com/blogfriends

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  8. Perhaps whithout knowing your are suggesting Google should buy Plaxo (new Plaxo 3.0). I think Plaxo answers all your needs regarding contact management and feeds and so on. I have written about it here http://innovationevangelist.blogspot.com/2007/10/cool-contact-manager-webapp.html but I recommend you to visit their website http://www.plaxo.com.

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  9. This is already available, though not from Google. Check out Plaxo Pulse.

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  10. I have been thinking about this for sometime now and have been seeing some folks crop up on Techcrunch that look to be solving part of this equation.

    I think Amanda has the key when she suggests apps like Outlook get indexed as well. I would take it a step further and index local objects as well (images, docs, etc). It would be interesting to have a life log of all ones digital activity indexed and searchable based on any number of criteria.

    One thing is for sure though, it would require someone with Google’s computing/storage capacity to pull this off.

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