My blog is my social network

Anne Zelenka has an interesting post up at GigaOm about the latest venture from Chris Messina, also known as Factory Joe or Mr. Tara Hunt. It’s an attempt to roll a kind of social-networking architecture into WordPress, one of the most popular blogging platforms around and the one I usually recommend to friends who want to start blogging (and the platform I use for this blog and others). Chris has a post about what he calls “the inside-out social network” here.

I’m going to read some more about it, since it seems to have something to do with OpenID and some other stuff as well — and Chris says that it will start with WordPress but should be able to work with all sorts of platforms — but I like the idea. Anne’s post has a great quote from copyblogger Brian Clark, who says that creating content through a social-networking application like Facebook is “like remodeling the kitchen in a house you rent.” That’s a good way of putting it.

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