VC Brad Feld revisits the bedrock truth that despite all the hype around Web 2.0, email is still our primary form of communication over 25 years into the PC revolution – what he calls the “social graph.” New startups are focused on mining this social graph. He writes:
Suddenly, in the past year, entrepreneurs have woken up to the potential of the email social graph. As I’ve mentioned before, we invested in Gist to directly address this opportunity. Xobni is another well known company that is attacking this. But another intriguing fact is the number of younger entrepreneurs that are working on this problem…
Now, these companies aren’t creating new email clients. They are working on products or web services that take advantage of all the implicit information generated by your email activity. They aren’t limited to just email (if you are a Gist user, you understand this well), but use email (email@example.com) as a key information pivot point. If you step back and think about it, while http://www.facebook.com/bfeld is new and full of yummy chocolaty goodness, firstname.lastname@example.org is really my “unique” identifier.
Interesting stuff. Read the rest here.