smokerings of my mind..

Integration of multiple identities, accounts we have..

We have multiple ids, identities spread across multiple networking groups, like LinkedIn, Plaxo, Facebook, Amazon.. Logically, there needs to be some kind of integration. Well, it’s starting to happen now with Open Social, Data Portability, and now Facebook Connect.. An interesting presentation on this by Charlene Li from Forrester Research.

Now, another similar problem needs to be solved – we have these multiple credit cards, store cards, insurance card, etc. There should be a single card (or some such thing) which has details of all my card account, and when I swipe this card, my various card accounts show up and I can choose which one to use. I read that things are happening in this direction, with some initiatives being taken by the big credit card guys.. then there’s biometric stuff, or pay-thru-mobile.. From what I gather, this is not one of those problems that can be solved by the right technology, rather the key will be the willingness of the leading players like Visa, Mastercard, Amex to move towards such convergence/integration. This problem needs to be solved soon – I am tired of carrying all these cards.

May 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Business networking at conferences

I recently used two platforms that offer networking tools for conference attendees – Crowdvine and Eventful. Awesome concept! Using their technology, we can see who are the attendees, read about them (who are they, why are they attending, etc — of course, this info. is available only if the attendee has shared it), and connect with them (schedule meetings at the conference, send messages).

I found Crowdvine to be a really cool and useful tool. I used it at the recent Web2.0 expo at SF. It made the conference extremely productive for me – in the sense that I could meet with relevant business partners/customers and in an organized manner, making effective use of my time. What they could do to add an additional layer of convenience is – provide a way to access my network/contacts/meeting data for that conference offline as well… the wi-fi at many events sucks, and so if they have a tool that offers contacts data offline, that will be useful. They could also do with a mobile client.

EventMingle sucked big time. User experience was bad! While Crowdvine has neat tagging and search features to find relevant folks to meet, EventMingle’s search engine seemed rather rudimentary.

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments