Interop goes to a Social Networking party

We take a quick look at another aspect of interop tonight. People have been blogging for a while now, and their online personas are seeking to interoperate, unencumbered, with their sites and personas …
We take a quick look at another aspect of interop tonight.  [It is Saturday night somewhere, right?] People have been blogging for a while now, and their online personas are seeking to interoperate, unencumbered, with their sites and personas. Just as importantly, big Web data stores and blog stations have found ways of interoperating, though fitfully.

The fact is that the number of Web Services APIs that mashup developers must now traverse is just as long, varied and nettlesome as the number of APIs that a good old pre-Web interop developer had to traverse back when. MySpace and Facebook are at the center of today’s perfect storm, but there are plenty of others.

When Google announced the OpenSocial API at the end of October, it did nothing if not bring a focal point for discussions on this new frontier of interop. But others had previously raised the issue, notably LiveJournal developer Brad Fitzpatrick.

How does this issue play for you? Where is it on the curve? One might have thought XML and Web services were enough. How important is it to play nice in the Folksonomy-Driven Sphere of Web 2.0 Social Networking? - Jack Vaughan

Thoughts on the Social Graph – bradfitz.com
OpenSocial – google.com


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