I have been trying to figure out how to keep up with the social networks I have for BlogWorld & New Media Expo and my own personal networks. I have always touted that I can drink from the social media firehose as well as anyone but I have been noticing recently that I am having a hard time with it. I was going through my own networks and found that my Facebook friends are now joining me on my other networks and vice versa. Meaning that the hose is getting bigger but at least the water amount stays the same to some extent.
It appears that event within the back stage scenes that the networks themselves are getting smeared and merged with one another. I was commenting to my wife that Plaxo’s interface looked somewhat like Facebook’s interface and I am not sure if I am commenting on a Facebook wall or to an email from Plaxo. Now I see on TechCrunch that the CTO of Plaxo has ended up working with Facebook. It is hard to keep not only the networks in focus but the lines have blurred with relation to the developers and the people behind the scenes.
In a world of networks everyone is clamoring for market share and it appears that the talent goes with the winner (or is it that the talent goes with the money? It is a free agent type market these days). With Facebook talking about an IPO and getting its latest round of funding they are making it difficult for the rest of the players to keep up. We are seeing a situation of living in a Google World as I always say to living in a Facebook World. It’s Facebook and then the rest.