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A series of ostensibly unrelated product announcements came out of Facebook today: revamped groups, a profile downloading tool, and a cleaner way to manage access to third-party applications.
Plaxo, Google, and Facebook now have members in the relatively new consortium to promote social-networking interoperability. Don't expect to see immediate results any time soon, though.
You can now use your Twitter log-in on sites compatible with Google Friend Connect, and click a button to send out a "tweet" when you join a Friend Connect-compatible site.
Called Data Availability in a previous life, this marks the debut of the News Corp.-owned social network's rival to the new Facebook Connect.
The universal log-in standard has been around for three years now. So why is Facebook Connect stealing all its thunder?
No, it's not another Facebook app developer--JS-Kit specializes in creating comment, rating, and review apps that Web sites and blogs can install at a lower cost than developing them in-house.
With new data portability projects from Facebook, MySpace, and Google, the social-networking experience is on the verge of getting either a lot smoother or a lot sloppier.
Google is expected to join the data portability crowd with "Friend Connect," which will allow users to bring their data from social networks into third-party Web sites.
New initiative will allow the News Corp.-owned social network's members to share their profile data with other sites.
Hot off the heels of rival MySpace's announcement that it would be connecting its profile content with other social-networking sites, Facebook revealed its own plan for exporting data to other Web sites.