that Google is sponsoring a project at Carnegie Mellon University’s
Human-Computer Interaction Institute to “rethink and reinvent online
social networking.” The project is called Socialstream. Click on the image for a larger view.
The project goal is to “create a system for users to seamlessly
share, view, and respond to many types of social content across
multiple networks.” More information is available deeper in the site:
Socialstream emphasizes improving social connections by
making it more efficient to communicate with, share with, and view the
social content of all the people in a user’s online social network.
Socialstream provides a compelling user experience because it
aggregates content across many different networks so a user has a
single location to discover new content and communicate. The goal of
Socialstream is to present social information in a way that ties it to
the person who posted the information, and not the site from which it
The feature set and use cases
suggest this will be more of an aggregator of existing social
networking sites and features. There is absolutely no indication of
whether or not this will be productized and launched at this time.