Before I went to bed last night, I sent this message out on Twitter.
I was hoping it would find Gahlord Dewald fresh and rested and ready to dig in. My plan worked. I got up at 4:15am to do my yoga before a long drive to the Zeek Interactive offices in Huntington Beach. I set off on my trek without really checking into Twitter. I also love it when friends have a full conversation in my Twitter stream without me. It saves me a lot of work. 🙂
Gahlord started with a bit of a monologue:
@respres yes. People confusing patent with image tagging were sloppy patent readers–no room in the world for that.
@respres it is simply a social overlay on search results. Imagine “x friends liked this” currently on blog posts. Add that to search results.
@respres patent necessary to protect the concept. FB still not useful as a search engine. Patent doesn’t change that.
@respres patent does give great revenue gen possibility though, license FB graph overlay on site search or google or bing etc.
@respres additional side effect worth noting: if you have lots of loose-tie friends how valuable is the FB social overlay?
@respres thanks for the heads up.
Dan Green couldn’t resist jumping in. Thankfully. His question started an interesting discussion about how the kind of social overlay Facebook is hinting at could influence “friending” in social media spaces.
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I think the question of whether this kind of social overlay could influence friending behavior is an interesting one. It might for those of us who are more “open” with how we use social networks, but I’m guessing it won’t for the mass of users who keep their connections tight.
And there is an example of this already out there. Wajam layers social on top of Google search. For example, when I search for “Facebook Patent” on Google, Wajam adds a social element to the top of my search results. I can see that 213 of my friends have shared information related to “Facebook Patent” and I can order this findings and see who has shared and what they’ve shared. I’m finding it quite helpful.
This will be interesting to watch.