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When Your Social Sites Need Networking

For those hooked up to Facebook and MySpace and similar Web sites, managing diverse profiles can be a chore. That's where aggregators come in

Thursday Bram had become a social-networking butterfly. The recent graduate of the University of Tulsa moved to Laurel, Md., to work as a freelance writer and used online communities to stay in contact with pals near and far. Bram had profiles on MySpace (NWS), Facebook, Twitter, Flickr (YHOO), and LinkedIn. But before long she tired of flitting from one to the next. "I was hoping to sign up for something to bring them all together," Bram says. So she turned to ProfileFly and Tabber, sites that help people do just that.

Within the last year, at least a dozen such aggregators have cropped up. Others include ProfileLinker and Dandelife.com. In January, Henri Duong and brothers Sony and Hong Le started SocialURL, yet another site that helps Web surfers manage increasingly intractable online social lives. "Every other week, social networks were springing up for specific niches and market demographics," says Duong. So far, 10,000 have signed up for the site. Among them is Tom Krieglstein, 26, whose profile contains links to his MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, and del.icio.us pages, as well as his two Typepad blogs. Krieglstein, founder of a startup educational company, Swift Kick, even imported his YouTube (GOOG) videos, including the one where he proposed to his fiancée.