David Pollard at How to Save the World has another post on the problems related to the first generation social software applications (here). He basically feels that his blog provides him with a much more robust social network that all the other SNA’s.
What he would like to see is some sort of environment in which you could list what you have to offer, who recommends you and what you’re looking for. And if someone is interested in contacting you – he would like to see a much richer virtual presence solutions – think of it as Skype with video, document viewing, chat and white-boarding all in one.
While I too would like to see a richer virtual interaction environment integrated with my SNA, so far the application which I have been using – LinkeIn – has proven useful to me. True, there are maybe more sellers than buyers and there are truly lazy networkers who try to abuse or waste the precious social capital you have with your contacts – but by and large I have had no problems ignoring those pests and make the app work for me.