Presence Social Network – Twitter, Pownce, and Jaiku

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Social Networking sites such as Pownce, Twitter, and Jaiku are all “Presence” networks. They are a way for you to let everyone know what you’re up to, what’s on your mind, or even where you’re heading off to.

The problem is, there are so many of these services out there now, it’s becoming impossible to keep up. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. I use Twitter quite a bit, and it has served me well. For instance, if I know I said something but couldn’t remember exactly what, I can google it… and usually find it on Twitter. Either I’ve posted it myself, or someone else did. I may even find it on one of the other sites mentioned already, or Facebook or maybe even Linked In. Another way I’ve found it useful is when I need to find out information fast. The other night, I had a “Comcraptastic” experience with my Internet. I couldn’t get to Google, or to So, I sent out a Twitter and said “hey… is anyone else having issues with Comcast right now?” Lo and behold, a couple of minutes later I heard from a friend in Colorado having the exact same issue. He sent a Twitter, saying that he has Comcast, and couldn’t get to Google either. Hmm. Interesting, eh?

Kat is on Ventrilo with me tonight. She has a different mindset about these Presence networks. She likens it to having too many business cards stuffed in your wallet… you can never find the right person from the right place. She feels it’s just too overwhelming, and makes it take even longer to accomplish than what you set out to find in the first place. This can put you further behind, and cause disarray in your work flow.

Allan is here, as well. He is a Pownce fan. He loves the fact that he can set friends up into different groups. When you send a message, you can decide whether it should go to everyone, or specific groups of people. This allows him to control who finds out what information, which is something very important to me.

I have different levels of friends… contacts… whatever you’d like to call it. I have those I am closely and personally associated with. I have those like Kat and Allan, who work with me and are also friends on a personal level. I have people I’ve met in the past at various function, and have kept in touch with. I have all of you who watch the videos and swing by our chat room. There just is no way I could assign the same “level” to all of these various groups. There are things about myself or my life that I may want and need certain groups to know… but not want others to be privy to that type of information. As these social networks evolve and more are launched, I will become pickier and more carful about who I add as friends. It’s not that I don’t want all of you to be part of my life, but the videos and the work I do at is only one part of my life.

At any rate, what do you think? Do you use these Presence network sites? Do you use more than one? What do you love and hate about them? What do you think needs to happen for these to evolve into a necessary and positive thing, instead of the albatross they could become if not used properly? Let me hear from you. Leave me a follow-up comment to this video, or send an email to me at [email protected]

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  5. My favourite social network is bebo. it is the second biggest website in Ireland next to google. Pretty much everyone of a certain age group has an account. Theres only need for one social netwrk as its annoying if evryone is on different ones and you have to sign up for them all. Bebo got a great revamp recently. It’s an american site but I never hear much about it outside Irish websites.

  6. Your focus should only be on the targeting of people of your interest not volumes of traffic & only then will you have achieved a true P2P social network with linked minds of common interest. It will grow naturally as if you planted the seeds…

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  8. You missed one that you should like more Chris. Take a look at Hictu. It has video too, that’s the reason you should like it. In addition, next week we’ll release a complete integration with Tw…. can’t say more now 🙂


  9. You log in beneath the live window, but just a few certain people will have their comments shown in the chat box on the show.

    (Maybe you only have to register, i don’t know, sorry.)

  10. Hey I saw Chris in a commercial on a plane trip for a sony stand alone DVD recorder. Very cool, I wanted to tell everyone, hey I know this guy, I subscribe to his youtube channel. You really looked and sounded great in that commercial. Very cool.

  11. In my opinion, social networks are getting out of hand. I have both personal and business profiles out there and its getting too much to manage. Maybe opensocial will aleviate this over time but its getting to the point I have to ignore them in order to get any work done. I have enough time getting through my emails everyday, adding all the social networking friend requests, micro-messages, and such, its just all too much. Information overload is now a real problem.

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