Yet another cool piece from the BBC today, this one on social software. Talk about LinkedIn and Spoke, and how people are actually starting to derive benefits from networking services. Spoke is like a corporate networks data miner; LinkedIn is a personal and professional networking site.
Of course, the biggest strategic resource networks like this have are going to be superconnectors
- those rare people who are supernetworked. Without them, networks (and benefits) will collapse. So this looks like a winner-take-all market.
Finally, the revenue model for these services is pretty risky. Will people pay to join these networks? I'm betting that, at the very least, not until the winner has emerged. And even then, I suspect that the superconnectors - those people adding value to the network nonlinearly - might have something to say about it.