Connect.Me will be launching its public beta. Connect.Me enables people to consolidate their identity, social presence, and peer reputation into a social business card. Your social business card shows who you know and what you are trusted for. It makes you discoverable for your interests and expertise and is the first step in building the largest directory of respected people on the social web.
Connect.Me is the world’s first P2P reputation and discovery network that works across Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn. As people build their reputation, they can use it to curate the social web by vouching for the people, content and businesses they trust.
Until the public beta is launched, you can only create an account by going through a special invitation link, such as the public card of any Connect.Me Trust Anchor. Trust Anchors will be sharing their social business cards within their networks this week.
Connect.Me is not just a new app, it’s the beginning of a larger movement to put people back in control of the web.
The team behind Connect.Me, along with a coalition of partners, are pioneering a new business model where people connect directly to businesses on their terms. While this concept seems simple, it is a radical shift away from the current business models where users’ data is collected and sold without their direct participation. This new model, in development since 2005, was created by a group of 11 well-known architects in Internet identity, privacy, trust, and relationship management. It will provide people a way to get the full value of their reputation and intention by allowing them to directly share it with businesses in a new trusted way.
It has taken more than two years to develop the legal and technical infrastructure to make the Respect Network, the network behind Connect.Me, possible. When users join Connect.Me, they are conceptually joining the larger Respect Network. Any data entered into Connect.Me is under the full control of the users and will soon be portable within the network.