Okay, things are getting really meta in the social networking space. No sooner do I post an item about ProfileLinker (the new startup that will let you manage all of your online profiles in one spot) than I get an e-mail from Harrison Tang about Spokeo, which is like ProfileLinker in reverse. Instead of sending your data out to a bunch of social networking sites, Spokeo is more of a central hub where you can keep up with all the posts, pictures and links your friends put up in any of 21 different sites. These include MySpace, Digg, Bebo, Xanga, Flickr, Photobucket, and YouTube:
Tang and his recent Stanford roommates launched the site in November, and he says it is already tracking over two million blogs, photos, and videos. So if some of your friends are on Xanga, some are on MySpace, and the rest are on Hi5, you can keep track of them all at Spokeo, as well as their pictures on Flickr, their links on Digg, and their videos on YouTube. Clicking on a link or photo takes you back to the original site, but if sites like Spokeo can become the new launching points to the social Web they should should do well.
To take advantage of the social monitoring capabilities of Spokeo, of course, takes a bit of setting up. But if you are a college student on holiday break, what else are you going to do?