First of all, great post Gia!
As you say the pain is in porting an update from one disconnected service to another disconnected service, whether it be avatars or connections/relationships – I find that painful too.
The pseudo connection/relationship import of contacts from email contacts lists; is another pain point for me. I guess email contact lists are relevant for those that have never used social media before; but once you start; the value of that contact list drops dramatically – so I hope they won’t be used for this too long. However, importing from social media is not great at the moment either; this needs working – a primary service would be great.
Re: enterprise – I agree there’s a lot of hard work to be done. I don’t know enough about this area, but clarity about your de facto directory and it’s hygiene are key starting points. Corporations could well spend a lot of time and money sorting that out; and with M&A’s around it can be very tricky.
What are your thoughts in the area of security and policy management? Surely people will want a tool that is proven yet flexible in area of security; so they can decide what is allowed to appear within the corporate environment. Is SAML something we have all learn some more about?
I also think there’s a long journey/conversation ahead, between the conservatives and guardians (security, legal etc) and the collaborative folks to sort out how this will be achieved. I do think there is strong resistance to idea of external communities even having a pseudo presence inside that corporate fire wall.
On the public side, I look forward to the consolidation of services; we must reach a tipping point soon. Especially in the area of collaborative/social media. A key qualifier will remain the strength of content and frequency of participation. I know from my own experience of Facebook, in my generation (pro – 30’s), the activity drop is significant compared to the younger generation and compared to the novelty value 1st few weeks. It makes me think the collaborative geeks, are really more than a few steps ahead of the real world – how long or what’s needed to make them get in step?
Sorry if I’ve touch on a number of ideas, it seemed a good post to respond with these too.