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Collaborative address book

Product audience

This product is potentially geared towards a number of audiences


Friends wish to maintain up to date contact details, and keep up to date on the movements and lives of their friends, wether they communicate with them frequently or not.


Businesses may make use of the system, by creating an employee index, including employees home details, which are maintained accurately by the users. Some employees may wish to provide 'news' to other employees (for example, progress of a project).

Prior Art

Many elements of the preposed system currently exist, Address books, collaborative environments, blogging sites. What this system preposes to do is combine them in a unique and functional way, to promote time efficient communication, and effective information management.

Address book

The online address book mirrors the manual address book. a list of names and details. This is seen today in email clients such as outlook and thunderbird, and also in online messaging systems such MSN and ICQ. ICQ has always supported a comprehensive user details database, having this much data about a person is not always desirable however. Some people may not wish to publically distribute their mobile phone number for example, however they may be quite happy to publically display their home phone number or email address to the world. As a remedy to this problem, the Invite/Authorise paradigm used in the IM world for allowing people to communicate, could be extended to allow/disallow people from viewing certain details.


The blog may be percieved in different ways to different users. Business users may wish to use such a feature as a notice board, or simple newsgroup mechanism, for communicating news and progress to co-workers, and for this information to be hidden to the rest of the world, while other users may use it to inform their friends/aquaintances of major news and events in their lives.

This is not intended to replace the classical blog, but to function as a simplified version for use within the system, and where the invite/authorise mechanism may also be used to alert "friends" or "co-workers" (people authorised or associated with the writer) whenever an update is written.

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