Hmmm... could some of this ning stuff be what I've been waiting for? I want to put my research online - history and literature and biography - using a social network structure so other people can tag and comment it up and interesting connections can develop. We should SO be able to surf history 2.0. I know it's vile to attach that number to everything, but... kind of handy. Of course... as usual I signed up for this with vast ideas but then never developed anything. Till someone else codes it, it's wikis and blogs for me. Actuallly I have considered just using the photos of my fabulous poets on flickr and tagging them up that way. but it would be a sad kluge compared to what it should be. There shoudl be a timeline capability so that you can step through a person's life and see how their friend networks and who they write letters with changes over time and then follow the connections.
Hmmm- not quite it - but looks very useful - I am tired of Yahoo groups for all the new mailing lists and I seem to create one like very month for someone new who asks me to set them up a group.