***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** The Orkut story (altho a year old) in the last Socnet digest does point to the intersection of social network software and social network analysis. There are a variety of folks working on that, with varying amounts of network sophistication. Just off the top of my head: Stan Wasserman is heavily involved with Visible Path, a company which to its credit is sponsoring a major student award in social network analysis. Mark Granovetter has been on a board of Spoke. Microsoft Research has been developing Wallpp. MSR has 2 networkers, altho neither of whom are directly involved with Wallop: Marc Smith and Danyel Fisher. Danah Boyd has been analyzing a lot of social network software. David Teten is developing a nice book on the subject. Nosh Contractor, as an academic, has been developing IKNOW for quite a while. Steve Whittaker and Bonnie Nardi have been developing ContactMap -- interaction mapping software for quite a while, at various places such as ATT Labs, HP Labs, and UCIrvine. NTT Labs had a nifty project, combining interaction mapping with similar characteristics. I tried to talk them into coming to the Sunbelt some years ago, but they wanted to keep it in-house. Every 6 months or so, a Toronto startup person or two drops by to talk with me about his bright idea. None have gotten funding, though. (Come to think of it, in 1999 I am almost owned a small percentage of a California-based company that never got started: vapor stocK?) In my limited experience (Danah would probably know more), social network software falls into 2 types: open-ended stuff such as Friendster, Orkut, and Plaxo (the latter has annoying features) which purport to help you find friends-of-friends strangers. Or, within-organizational stuff such as Spoke, which help you find out who knows who knows whom and what within an organization (I've adapted Nosh Contractor's phrase). I hope that the Sunbelt will bring together some/all of these folks. And I am glad that David Teten is doing a book on the subject. Barry _____________________________________________________________________ Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto 455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162 To network is to live; to live is to network _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.