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I'm collecting starting points on the social web. Please let me know if I've missed particularly significant examples.

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you might want to include Path and Yammer too
I was going to say Posterous but not sure were they are going after Twitter. Looking over the starting points of the social web you collated was interesting. Put together, some are really poor, in particular Facebook. I liked the starting point for Instagram. Twitter is pretty good though it reminds me of a Budweiser beer commercial.
I've just bumped into which is a neat little social 'cool stuff' sharing site/app. I don't think it's particularly large, but it's pretty great.
When they coined the word "microblog" Tweeter was just getting their chops, and Facebook was nudging Friendster (remember?) aside. Multiply too. Livejournal and Wordpress were classmates, but preferences differ from US to Europe. And Asia too. Blogger got hitched with Google and well . . you know the story . .
You added Yammer which means Chatter needs to go in there too
The most recent social networks I've joined: and

Also, you've missed Wikipedia. Though the focus isn't on socializing collaborative editing is a highly social process. For that matter, Blogger isn't on the list and doesn't require a Google Account to comment.
I've had Wordpress since 2005 (I blog, sor of) and have seen beautiful progress. What is interesting is the crossovers, you can Digg some blogs or news items, or just share it with whatever is in your plate.
Blogger is now there. I'll add the others in the next batch.
+Ade Oshineye you seem to implicitly mean social networking websites in your set of screengrabs. Would you include the Ham radio net and the CB net, too? Low power FM broadcasting?
/me sets a reminder to show his kids Pump Up The Volume when they're at the right age.
+lee colleton the problem with Ham Radio, Usenet etc is that they don't have authoritative websites that everybody sees as the community's front page. For instance: looks great but I'm not sure it's authoritative.

Thanks for the Advogato suggestion.
Advogato and IRC are good ones too, but if you include Advogato you need to add Slashdot. Where's the distinction between a network and a website? Is there one? What about Second Life? What about World of Warcraft and Everquest? They've all been starting points for different people. has an analysis of the strong set of key signing. It's the starting point of many trusted conversations that happen through email and other forums that are largely invisible to the public.
Slashdot will be in the next batch. So will Second Life, WoW and Everquest.
+lee colleton very true. I'm a big believer in the idea that we'll eventually end up building mobile-only social software.
EV charging networks and ride sharing seem heavily biased in that direction: they matter most when you're on the go.
For IRC and Usenet you really need to screenshot an xterm.
+Michael Mahemoff yes. Instagram is just the start. For an app that was trying to streamline photosharing they require(d) a lot of steps.

Compare it to something like Checkie: which radically streamlines the process of using +foursquare

Instagram uses the web for:
- account recovery and password recovery
- social distribution. Every Instagram photo has a URL so that you can share it on the social web.
Does Bump count as "mobile only social software"?
I've been collecting these for awhile, tagging them with: getstarted, homepage, signup, blankslate, or defaultstate: homepage&ss=1&ct=1&mt=all&w=25419820%40N00&adv=1 blankslate&ss=1&ct=1&mt=all&w=25419820%40N00&adv=1 defaultstate&ss=1&ct=1&mt=all&w=25419820%40N00&adv=1 signup&ss=1&ct=1&mt=all&w=25419820%40N00&adv=1
Bump is this horrendously complex emulation of IR beaming that involves bumping your phones together to share files and other data. You "share" a picture or whatever to Bump, then bump your phones, and the program sends the time the bump was detected and your GPS info to their servers, and that identifies the two phones and enables the transfer all the way through their servers and back again.
A bit like the way the original Color would detect people in the same vicinity. Bump attacks a definite problem of obsoleting business cards, many others trying too, but I think LinkedIn is best placed.
I tend to feel that companies who are trying to obsolete business cards have made a mistake as fundamental as trying to automate poetry. There are dozens of more efficient ways of transferring information than by exchanging 2 pieces of paper which both people will likely lose.

The value lies in the human gesture of handing the other person a physical token that acts as a reminder of your meeting.
Interesting theory, but I'd say beautiful apps like Paper do replace at least some people's beloved moleskins. So I think it's possible with the right approach. Maybe not somewhere like Japan anytime soon, where it really is a ritual. But overall, given it really is a huge inconvenience, yeah, widespread NFC plus a platform that's hyped-up enough around SXSW ought to do wonders.
Alright, you've convinced me. I'll go and buy Paper.
"Beaming" a business card from Palm to Palm felt like at least as meaningful a transaction as handing them a business card. Even the little ritual of lining up the handhelds helped make it work. I don't think that NFC or any other broadcast system will provide the same kind of feeling that you were engaged in a personal and intimate transaction. And of course the need to line up your handhelds meant that it wasn't something someone could do surreptitiously.

I still have all the contact records for everyone I ever met in the early '80s who had a Palm, including all the other people at Microsoft's introduction of the Pocket PC. That was the meeting where we convinced Microsoft that they had to fix the really bad IR beaming support in Pocket PC, and in Pocket PC 2002 it was pretty much flawless. Over the next few years just about everyone with a PDA or smartphone could reliably beam contacts, and it just worked, for just about everyone I met.

I don't know why it was dropped, did manufacturers just decide that IR was too primitive? Or was it another victim of the iPhone.
yeah, I miss 'beaming'. Beaming apps was fun too...
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