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Gluing the social web back together

Every now and then I’m asked what I think the latest trends or the future of the web might be. Often depending on what I’m thinking about or researching that week will depend on the answer that I give.

So what’s the answer at the moment?
As some of you will have noticed over the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with quite a number of new tools and services, to see what they’ll do. I’ve mentioned a few already such as ifttt and wajam, but I’ve also been experimenting with Chirp Story – which enables you to create stories with Tweets – and begun to have a look at Bundlr – a service that enables you to bring (bundle) content from across the social web together into one page.
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Testing Facebook Pages to connect with people professionally

Kathryn's Facebook PageToday sees a personal foray into Facebook Pages. Yes, the deed is done and I’ve created my own branded page! It has a logo and everything!

It is an experiment, I hasten to add. Initiated, as I’ve begun to find that I know and meet people professionally that do not use Twitter or LinkedIn, which I have used up until now for business connections, in addition to this blog. This is particularly the case for those I meet in southern Europe where Facebook is the predominant social network.

As a fairly early adopter of Facebook my current ‘Friends’ range quite widely and I, like many people back in 2007, used it initially for business networking. Personal friends then joined and slowly it became for me a place for friends and not for business. Which hopefully means I try not to bore such lovely folk with my Twitter stream and work type conversations and information – unless it’s relevant to a wide number of people. Hence the launch of a Facebook Page as a way to manage the different parts of my online life – there will be cross-overs but fingers crossed that creating this page doesn’t come across as arrogant.

For those confused by Facebook’s terminology a Facebook Page is a fully public bit of functionality specifically set up for businesses, organisations, brands and public figures. Here are some examples. A standard Facebook Profile should not be used for business or organisational purposes. One of the main differences is that as a Page you cannot mutually connect with friends, people have to make a conscious decision to connect to you by ‘Liking’ your page. [Yet more confusing terminology there too, thanks FB.]

So, if you’d like to hear from me on a professional basis on Facebook please go and tick that ‘Like’ box on my page, and we’ll see what pans out.

And, generally I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.