Thursday, August 6, 2009

Social Networks and optimal contacts

The Open Road blog has an interesting article about interconnecting "meta-address books". In this article Matt Asay explains how open source companies are trying to optimally connect people together by the meta-data they place in the internet cloud such as using Open-Xchange.

One such example they describe is PeopleMaps from 7-Degrees. By leveraging what they know about someone online they can use that data to connect with other people of related interests, business, and other potential connections. According to the 7-Degrees website they use their own industry-leading path-finding algorithms to enable the connections between the users.

Perhaps Operations Research has a big future with social networks.

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