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Member pages and social networking
My own vision of where I would like to see vanilla go from my own very skewed standpoint is this. I would like member pages to become much more than your standard biog. There is an opportunity to pool the information collected from the plethora of web services, and turn the member pages into a collection of meta data about the specific user. A few Examples. 1. I already mentioned this, flickr. I want to see the three latest images from my members flickr feed, right there on the member page. 2. del.icio.us - Every time a user tags a bookmark with a certain phrase in their del.icio.us account, it is displayed on their user page, again, limited to a sensible number, a sort of "Hey look, I found this, you guys might be interested too'. 3. Audioscrobbler/last.fm - Again, a simple, 'recent tracks' thing, possibly with the option to add affiliate linking to the amazon.co(.m)uk/jp CD. 3. Gravatar - Smaller fish, but still this would be welcomed, and I'm sure has been mentioned before. 4. The latest post from their blog. This would be awesome, just offering a synopsis of the last post from the user blog, with a permalink for the entry. 5. RSS feeds for member pages. Imagine the possibilities. You would now have a combined feed for a given users flickr, del.icio.us, last.fm, and their blog. This seems like a lot of work, and as a designer, I can't imagine the steps you would need to go to to achieve this, but thinking simplistically - The facilities to do these things already exist. People can display flickr badges, del.icio.us links, last.fm info and content from RSS feeds on their sites, offering this all in one place would, IMHO create the most incredible profile system ever.
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