Regular or even sporadic readers of this blog will know that my passion is the increasing of connection via the latest technology.
So I was really excited when Connect.me launched a year or so ago.
Now after a great deal of remodelling and reflection it is back. As a founding member I can give you access to the beta launch through my link here. It is free and I believe it is worth your while making a profile and seeing where it goes to.
This is the press release from Connect.me explaining where things are now.
Connect.Me enables people consolidate their identity, social presence, and peer reputation into a social business card. Your social business card shows who you know and what you are trusted for. It makes you discoverable for your interests and expertise and is the first step in building the largest directory of respected people on the social web.
Connect.Me is the world’s first P2P reputation and discovery network that works across Facebook,& LinkedIn. As people build their reputation, they can use it to curate the social web by vouching for the people, content and businesses they trust.
Until the public beta is launched, you can only create an account by going through a special invitation link, such as the public card of any Connect.Me Trust Anchor. Trust Anchors will be sharing their social business cards within their networks this week.
Connect.Me is not just a new app, it’s the beginning of a larger movement to put people back in control of the web.
The team behind Connect.Me, along with a coalition of partners, are pioneering a new business model where people connect directly to businesses on their terms. While this concept seems simple, it is a radical shift away from the current business models where users’ data is collected and sold without their direct participation. This new model, in development since 2005, was created by a group of 11 well-known architects in Internet identity, privacy, trust, and relationship management. It will provide people a way to get the full value of their reputation and intention by allowing them to directly share it with businesses in a new trusted way.
It has taken more than two years to develop the legal and technical infrastructure to make the Respect Network, the network behind Connect.Me, possible. When users join Connect.Me, they are conceptually joining the larger Respect Network. Any data entered into Connect.Me is under the full control of the users and will soon be portable within the network.”
So there you go. 2012 has always been designated by futurists as the culmination of the “Age of Connection”. What is happening here is no surpise.
It is simply up to you as to whether you participate or not. I hope that you will at least check it out. Reserve your username and see what it has to offer. The next Linked In? Who knows? It is different as there is vouching and various ways for the cream in various industries to rise to the top.
Have a look here http://t.co/JFrOqz13