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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.
Google is showing that lock-in isn't a requirement for making lots of money.
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.
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.
The universal log-in standard has been around for three years now. So why is Facebook Connect stealing all its thunder?
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.
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.
Two freelance consultants kick off a day of speakers at the Future of Web Apps conference by outlining what they think will be, well, the future of web apps.
New initiative will allow the News Corp.-owned social network's members to share their profile data with other sites.