Open Friend Format could solve my problems

August 29, 2007

One day…

I’ve been blogging recently about the problems with multiple social networks and keeping in touch with everyone and how good it would be to have open standards and API’s to allow intercommunication and development between platforms.

Well now someone has taken the brave leap to propose and open standard called Open Friend Format. From their blurb: OpenFriend is a set of standards that allows Social Networks to discover any of your friends already on their networks while still protecting your privacy. The ultimate goal is to standardize and make transparent the user experience between importing and exporting of contacts from various social networks. OpenFriend allows for social networks to implement a standardized way of exporting their contacts and discovering relationships between new and existing users. It also allows for sites to generate documents detailing the relationship between people on different social networks.

This is a great step in the right direction and I for one am right behind this push to standardise and aggregate the networks!


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