Over the past 10 days, we’ve received hundreds of enthusiastic emails from people around the world with one thing in common: you all want a safer, simpler, personal social web.

At Connect.Me, we have a simple mission: make it easy and safe to connect online.

We’re not trying to replace Facebook or Twitter – we love and use them both.  We’re making simple and powerful tools to help bring context and sanity to your online social life.  After all, the social web is a very busy place these days, and segmenting social networks into coworkers and friends just doesn’t really work.

It’s time for the social web to evolve and get personal.

Drummond and I (Joe) started Connect.Me because we saw an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the social web. Drummond was working in the identity space as the Executive Director of the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange, and I was building apps for nonprofits to help them manage their online communities.

While we were collaborating on XDI, a data structure for context graphs, lightning struck. We clearly saw a simple solution to provide better context for social connections while putting users in control of their data, identity, and privacy. Connect.Me was born.

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been busy behind the scenes talking to users, social media experts, businesses, and just about anyone we could find who uses the social web. What we found was people getting increasingly overwhelmed by social SPAM – either friends oversharing or unsolicited people and companies trying to connect.  With this in mind, we started building our first Connect.Me app: a safe, personal way to connect across networks.

We’re currently working with a select group of users to provide feedback on the intial product.  We’re a small team with a passion for user experience and simplicity, and we’re working as fast as we can to open the beta to everyone without sacrificing quality.  If you’d like to join the team, check out our job postings.

Please Tweet this post if you believe in our mission for a personal social web where you control your data, identity, and connections.