Henry Story, formerly with Sun Microsystems, visited the OII recently and spoke about his work on open social networks. We did a short (5 minute) interview that captures the basic ideas behind his vision and development work. It does appear to me that his vision provides the next logical step for social networking. See: http://webcast.oii.ox.ac.uk/?view=Webcast&ID=20100524_323 for his interview, but you will also be able to listen to his full seminar presentation as soon as it is posted on our OII Webcasting page.
Comments or reactions to his proposals would be most welcome, or contact Henry.