Explicitly Social Software: ning.com gets some attention

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People seem to be paying a little bit of attention to 24 Hour Laundry’s release of ning.com.

Hmmm…identity is one of the big questions for Explicitly Social Software: having discrete identities and data sets associated with different ESS is a pain, and I haven’t yet seen any really effective ways to address the issue. Perhaps providing a framework that allows people to quickly and easily develop their ESS under a single bigass umbrella is a reasonable way to sidestep the issue?

Users don’t currently support a centralized “ning.com profile,” but I’d be surprised if there weren’t ongoing discussions of the possibility of either creating one or supporting some sort of “shared profile” structure available to ning.com application developers as an option.