This is a good overview about some aspects of the future of social networks by Charlene Li. I enjoyed the part on the open stack vs. facebook connect but thought the part about revenue was a bit weak - no real groundbreaking thinking there. Having just implemented Facebook Connect at Takkle (free registration required), I agree that it's going to be a key piece of any 2009 content/social site - it's just too good to pass up on. Also check out Glue which could be an interesting way to span the networks. The Future Of Social Networks
Speech "The Future Of Social Networks: Where We Are Today" given on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2008 to the San Francisco American Marketing Association at the offices of Adaptive Path. Focus is primarily on the marketing and advertising opportunities in social media in the future.