In the busy streets of online social media, it is easy to get lost or get into accidents. You can be found in online profiles like linkedin ,myspace,facebook, twitter and the other zillion places in various names and identities. Based on when and where you created the profile, each profile may look a bit different from others. How do you end up being all these places with different names, profiles, ids and personalities? Are you such a complex person? Or the social internet sites are so messy and isolated, forced you to enter this mess?
Handling the social pressure and managing the presence online in an organized way is not that easy. Your Yahoo or Google profile is not enough for you setup facebook or linked accounts. You will need to maintain twitter, friendfeed, delicious, flickr along with all other web sites that you normally manage every day.
I think social networking sites are in the verge of a consolidation, openID is a good start, but how about helping to merge and manage all the existing profiles of a single person via an application? Can a user at least see all his subscribed social networking, bookmarking and photo sharing sites in one location? Can he or she then decide how to present them each of these sites? Can they avoid repetitions by updating their status on one site and let it flow through all the social networking sites that manages current statuses? Like OpenID, can status follow a common open standard which can be updated via API for all the sites which adopt the open standard?
I remember seeing a personal blog where one person listed all his internet identities for friends to look at and then link with if they wanted to. Even though that person achieved a higher percentage success rate to obtain similar looking user names for many sites, there still was mess. Is there any such a service exists today? Please add in comments if you are aware of any.
Ok, I found out that there is a company already working on solving this problem.