I stumbled across an article this morning titled, “Social networks may find it does not pay to be too possessive”. The first paragraph states one of my many frustrations with websites such as FaceBook –
“It is a frustrating fact of modern internet life. Users of websites such as Facebook and Google spend hours building up and maintaining friend lists and e-mail address books, but when it comes time to move such social information to another online service they frequently find it impossible to get their data back out. Instead, they must start re-entering their personal details from scratch.”
Most of us have hundreds of contacts that we’ve accumulated over time and always find ourselves having to re-enter each contact one-by-one on every new website that we join. Very frustrating, time consuming, and just a plain nightmare at times.
Well, that may soon change.
“Over the past year, growing numbers of influential voices have been calling for the creation of common standards for “data portability” – a move that would enable widespread sharing of social information between websites.
Advocates of portable data argue that such an open approach would not just make life easier for users who want to migrate between websites; it could change the very economics of the web itself as companies rush to build new services that take advantage of the free flow of social information.
Some believe the advent of truly portable social data could usher in new web services that far exceed the capabilities of existing “Web 2.0” sites. “We are on the cusp of the next phase of the web,” says John McCrea, chief marketing officer at Plaxo. “We think we are about to see a major transformation, as things that have been powered inside ‘walled garden’ social networks become part of the open web.”
Excitement among industry-watchers is palpable. “This is the trend of 2008,” says Jeremiah Owyang, an analyst at Forrester Research.
Read more about this here.
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