Open up and standardise those social networks!

August 16, 2007

It’s a constant pain having so many profiles on so many different social networks and having to remember credentials and keep them up to date. Staying in touch with different people on different networks, getting requests from Linkedin, Facebook and Bebo, forgetting who’s on which network when you want to contact someone, the list of frustrations is endless.

To that end, there’s a really good article on the BBC here which discusses how desirable interoperability would be between social networks.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a social networking standard that enabled interactions, open standards, open API’s, open data exchange between the networks. Developers would be able to create single sign-in applications that could manage all your profiles as one. Someone could create an on/offline app with Adobe AIR that could allow profile changes, photo uploads etc all offline and synchronising when connected. The possibilities would be endless, of course the privacy issues could be too!

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