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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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Searching with friends: will Google’s Social Search help with serendipity?

On 19 May 2011 Google announced that it would be extending its Social Search functionality to the rest of the world after first introducing it to North America back in October 2009.

Google’s Social Search integrates relevant search results from your friends and contacts into a search query when you are logged into your Google account. As they explained back in 2009:
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