Thanks for the FOAF

Like many, I now have more virtual friends than “real” friends.  In fact, some of these virtual friends feel like “real” friends.  And, by “real”, I mean people I’ve seen, touched, hugged, or spoken with directly…face-to-face.  But, most of my virtual friends I met through other virtual friends.  I have a large network of people who are a Friend Of A Friend (FOAF).  And, darnit, sometimes I just want to take my whole social network with me to a new site rather than starting over from scratch.


A small snapshot of one of my FOAF files.

I’m reminded of those Verizon commercials where you look out the window and there they are. Your whole darn network.

Take your social network with you with FOAF + SSL.  Thanks, Henry Story, for simple user story #1!


Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

4 thoughts on “Thanks for the FOAF”

  1. The nice thing is that you don’t even have to take your network with you from one place to another, you can do better and have it distributed all around the place. The important thing is that you can link it, like hypertext is linked. No central place of control means everyone can make their decisions locally. That’s what democracy is all about!
    By the way, you may want to try this service to get you a foaf profile
    It is put together by one of the Semweb startup companies,

  2. Hi Ynema. Here’s a completely unrelated comment, but I had a thought today I want to share with you. Yahoo! doesn’t have a public cloud offering, but has a really similar Open philosophy to Sun, and has some lovely web interface technology in their YUI code. It’s so nice that Amazon have used it for their new control panel for AWS EC2. So I was thinking how about you head over to Sunnyvale and meet with Yahoo! to talk about public clouds? Yahoo! and Sun would make an amazing combination – your engineering with their interface and marketing would be a sweet match. Just an idea. Have a great weekend.

  3. Sahoo!? Yahun? Hmmm, dunno if those work. But, I love Yahoo. Actually, I think their engineering is where they are strong, and they could do better in their marketing. Don’t you notice all the new stuff comes from Yahoo! and everyone else follows?

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