People have been pinging me to become part of their Spock network for weeks now. Spock is a people search engine which gobbles up information about people on the web. It combines Google-like search characteristics, a social network built around trusted contacts, and a social tagging scheme – think de.licio.us tags applied to people rather than web content.
I have been playing with it a little recently, and haven't yet figured out all you can do with it. It certainly seems like a terrific tool for a recruiter or anyone else who might be combing a personal network looking for specific skills or knowledge. LinkedIn has some of these characteristics now, but now all. However, I wonder if they're simply too late to the party. As one very close friend wrote me last night when I invited him:
Unless every other way we have to communicate has broken, I am not joining another Social Network. Sorry. All these do is generate more and more email.
Hmmm… perhaps it's time to think about the consolidation of social graphs.