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Apr 3 Posted 4 years ago
there are integration and tools for cross posting and syndicating a post across multiple sites as pointed out. there are numerous tools that do this such as hootsuite, digsby, etc.
but in a deeper level, there is work in the area of standards for social network interoperability that has been underway for some time. pls see activity streams http://activitystrea.ms/. there are already specs for activity streams and more recently there is proposed extensions to this, action streams. the goal is to build interoperability past the status/update cross post. for example you ll be able to accept an invitation on facebook from myspace. but i am not sure of the implementation and availability timeline.
Apr 3 Posted 4 years ago
I agree completely. As the web turns more social, there is a huge need for you to be able to carry your identities, your friends, and your "stream" with you. We also need privacy options to go along with it, so that personal stuff is not shared with your business profile (LinkedIn) and vice versa. There are some initiatives like, activitystre.ms, OpenSocial (which MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, and others participate in), etc. There is much advancement needed in all this, though.
I have started a new website at http://xtremelysocial.com with the goal of connecting users to their various social networks. I have started with very deep Facebook integration because that's my social network of choice. You can of course log in with Facebook, but I've also built the capability to view all your Facebook friends, your friends news stream (wall), and your own stream (Facebook "home" page). I plan on adding connectivity with Twitter, MySpace, and others probably by using Gigya Socialize for easy connection/authentication, but its a LOT of work still in custom-coding each networks proprietary API's.
I have also written some Facebook apps, the most relevant to this discussion is My Status at http://facebook.com/xsmystatus. It lets you view and update both your Facebook and Twitter status/streams. You can also view Twitter streams for people you are following, direct messages, @mentions, and the public stream. I'm experimenting with viewing and updating Wordpress.com blogs and viewing your Google Buzz stream (no update API's released yet) as well. I plan to roll all of that into XtremelySocial.com as well.
But to your point, this is WAY TOO HARD. I'm doing this as a hobby and I have to know and use Facebook Connect, Twitter API, OpenSocial (with MySpace API extensions), etc, etc, to do this. Wouldn't it be great if there was a single API that could be used to connect, grab a user's friends, grab a user's stream, update their stream, comment and like? The social network sites won't ever build this, but someone else COULD and that would open up the social web.
Note that OpenSocial's goal IS to do exactly this and it already works with MySpace/Orkut/LinkedIn/Hi5, it just doesn't have Facebook or Twitter support and probably never will.
Apr 3 Posted 4 years ago Social Network is like business. Obviously its a matter of money making, the more people visit a site like facebook, myspace or twitter they get a revenue on it by advertising. They need to compete on each other to keep their business alive. Thats how social network works nowadays, if your services is not good they will transfer to another like an example of friendster vs. facebook. Once many people use friendster because you can personalize your profile by changing the themes and other colorful effects but facebook offers more entertainment and more games, then friendster makes the same strategy in order to compete and to keep the flow alive.
Apr 2 Posted 4 years ago
While I rarely share the same message across different platforms, (I usually tailor my message for each platform/audience), I do have the need to be more efficient in managing my communities. Location Based Services are now adding to the need for efficiency. It seems the more new tools/platforms/features that are introduced, the less efficient I become as they are all disconnected. I would love to see more creators think about 'connection' and 'consumers ease of use' before they launch a new idea. If anything, their features that provides platform/community connection might be the main value for their product.
I love this statement and completely agree:
"Social networks will feel more like channels that you can change to see whatâ€™s playing on another one"
Thanks for sharing, Damien!