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What I'd like from a social software web site

There are lots of so-called ‘social software’ web sites that help you umm stay in touch with friends, or make new ones or something (Friendster, Tribe, Orkut, etc). Some are more socially oriented, others are more about business.

What I’d really like is one that supports my travel habits. I fly to lots of places. Many of my friends do too. But none of these sites help us drink beer together. I’d love to send travel email (“this is your flight information”) to a web site. It would parse it, and lookup who else who you know will be there then, and send you both an email.

Luke Nelson and I came up with this over beer in Portland, thanks to Jeff. Thanks Jeff! If anyone would like to run off and build this, please buy us all beer. You’ll know when we’re in town.

2 comments on "What I'd like from a social software web site"

  • Hasan's Blog says:

    Social Software for Travellers

    Adam, over at Emergent Chaos writes regarding a social software website. When I read the entry, I thought to myself, "I know LAMP" and I need only crystallise his ideas. So, I’m currently thinking of a schema. So, Adam, if you’re reading this…

  • Nudecybot says:

    Great idea.
    Seems to be a big shortcoming of Linked In.
    Whenever I create a new connection to someone I have known for a long time it wants a reason like “you have a business proposal for them.” I understand why but what if, in fact, you simply want to socialize long-distance and let each other know when you’re in town?
    I really like the idea of a “let’s go drinking” button.

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