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Friend Integration – Phase 1 of 10

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Facebook.  MySpace.  LinkedIn.  Plaxo.  Gmail.  Email Contacts.  Bebo.  Every individual social networking software product that I use (Dogster, Shelfari, …)

Oh how I friend thee.  Let me count the ways.

I’m already seeing "predictions for 2008" that it will be the year of "friend consolidation."  How exciting.

Phase 1 (of at least 10) is starting to appear.  You can now see your LinkedIn data inside of Facebook (but you can’t really do much with it – yet.)  And of course this isn’t an "official LinkedIn app – just something someone else put together.)  Or – using Fuser – you can now see your MySpace data inside of Facebook.  Again – you can’t do much with it.

The dynamics this time around are pretty interesting to me.  Usually data follows apps.  This time the apps are following the data.  And the data is proliferating very quickly.  While OpenSocial theoretically "solves" this, we know that there are at least 9 phases to go before we get to a happy place with this.

  • Matt Thazhmon

    We're trying to solve the same issue with the launch of FreeMyFriends.com. Version 101 of our API allows users to find their friends who are already present on a given site automatically. We're looking for feedback on our API at freemyfriends.com

  • Jeff Herman

    Stay tuned to Fuser on Facebook. While today we only allow Facebook users to read their MySpace comments, bulletins and messages on Facebook, we're adding functionality and soon users will be able to respond and delete these communications.

    If your readers want to check out our app they can see it here: http://apps.facebook.com/fuserforfb

  • http://nleach.com/ Nicky Leach

    The idea of finding your friends on the various social networks you use sounds a lot like what the guys at socialthing! are up to (among other things, of course).

  • John Pritchard

    So yea, do the “friends glue” give me colored association graphs? Fb gives me different kinds of friends, not as normalized as a colored graph, but.. human.

  • Matt Galligan

    I've talked with some of the OpenSocial instigators as well as the “containers”…sites like Hi5. They don't seem to think that this will solve the problem of more friends lists. The truth is, OpenSocial is going to give an environment that apps can be cross-site compatible. However, without all of the sites teaming up and banding behind one friend standard, and communication between the sites, we won't see any sort of cool consolidation. Do we really think that MySpace will share their graph with Facebook?

    So I guess that's where we (socialthing!) steps in. Nicky was right on the dot when he said that we were up to that…we've developed a way for you to not only consolidate your friends into one list, but also consolidate their identities (meaning that I can see you, Brad, would have Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.). Now the magic comes when you're able to do that without the “friend” being a part of, or having to even know about our service. That's our end-all-be-all goal.

    No doubt this game is heating up, but just keep an eye out for our stuff here…

  • Matt Thazhmon

    We're trying to solve the same issue with the launch of FreeMyFriends.com. Version 101 of our API allows users to find their friends who are already present on a given site automatically. We're looking for feedback on our API at freemyfriends.com

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/nicky_leach124 nicky_leach124

    The idea of finding your friends on the various social networks you use sounds a lot like what the guys at socialthing! are up to (among other things, of course).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jdherman jdherman

    Stay tuned to Fuser on Facebook. While today we only allow Facebook users to read their MySpace comments, bulletins and messages on Facebook, we're adding functionality and soon users will be able to respond and delete these communications.

    If your readers want to check out our app they can see it here: http://apps.facebook.com/fuserforfb

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/john_pritch3900 john_pritch3900

    So yea, do the "friends glue" give me colored association graphs? Fb gives me different kinds of friends, not as normalized as a colored graph, but.. human.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/indiekid indiekid

    I've talked with some of the OpenSocial instigators as well as the "containers"…sites like Hi5. They don't seem to think that this will solve the problem of more friends lists. The truth is, OpenSocial is going to give an environment that apps can be cross-site compatible. However, without all of the sites teaming up and banding behind one friend standard, and communication between the sites, we won't see any sort of cool consolidation. Do we really think that MySpace will share their graph with Facebook?

    So I guess that's where we (socialthing!) steps in. Nicky was right on the dot when he said that we were up to that…we've developed a way for you to not only consolidate your friends into one list, but also consolidate their identities (meaning that I can see you, Brad, would have Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.). Now the magic comes when you're able to do that without the "friend" being a part of, or having to even know about our service. That's our end-all-be-all goal.

    No doubt this game is heating up, but just keep an eye out for our stuff here…

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