Social Networks with Sub Communities .... as in the real life !!! By José Alvarez Muguerza
Why to share my family gossips with my coworkers??? Is that my boss in a stag weekend??
Abstract <ul>Today's social networking implementations (Facebook, Chats clients, LinkedIn) consider an individual user included into a huge community, linked trough "Contacts". While in the real life is so different. I'm a member of family community, I belong to a friends community, I relate with my coworkers community and probably people from one sub community are not in contact with people from other sub community...or at least, that's no my concern. </ul>
"On Monday morning, a friend of mine insists to chat me about a nice girl he met during weekend. I prefer to set my status as busy. Same time a customer is thinking of buying 5000 units of my products...but as he is seeing me busy, he doesn't bother me...."
So, why to place all my contacts in a huge contacts bag??
Roll up the sleeves <ul>First of all we could sort our contact list by groups...nothing new ...yet Then, we could manage statuses by group. In that way, during my working hours I can set my status as "busy" to my family & friends but as "available" to my coworkers, or during my holidays as "available" to my friends and as "off line" for my boss ;-) </ul>
<ul>Later we could define an scheduler to define a status calendar by groups </ul>
<ul>With the applying of that scheduler, my aunt will not disturb for ask whether making the cheese cake or not, while I'm close to treat a profitable contract with my customers !! Similar improvement could be extended to Avatars and Personal Messages... </ul>
<ul>As we can see, this is a useful idea with no major effort to implement, so, please, Nimbuzz, Skype, Gadu-Gadu, MSN, eBuddy, Empathy, Gtalk, Kopete, Meebo, Pidgin...someone, hurry up!!! as a simple user is what I need !!! Thanks! </ul>