With the emergence of personal clouds comes the newest form of communications link: the personal channel. Personal channels combine many of the best features of email and social networks without the drawbacks, as shown in the following table:

This paper explains how personal channels simplify, automate, filter, and protect communications in ways that have never been possible before. Written by Respect Network Architects Drummond Reed and Phil Windley, it examines each of the 10 key benefits listed above, with a special emphasis on how personal channels enable rich sharing and trusted relationship management, both key goals of the Respect Network.

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