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DataPortability has big names on board, but a long road ahead

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.

By January 8, 2008


Interoperability through open data, Google and Facebook style

Google is showing that lock-in isn't a requirement for making lots of money.

By January 9, 2008


App company JS-Kit raises $3.6 million

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.

By October 14, 2008


Welcome to the social mess?

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.

By May 12, 2008


Google Friend Connect syncs up with Twitter

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.

By December 15, 2008


Memo to OpenID: Keep it simple, please

The universal log-in standard has been around for three years now. So why is Facebook Connect stealing all its thunder?

By December 2, 2008


MySpace 'Connects' with Google for MySpaceID

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.

By December 8, 2008


What did Facebook really just announce?

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.

By October 6, 2010


Openness, happiness, and a sunny future for Web apps?

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.

By February 29, 2008


MySpace announces 'Data Availability' project with Yahoo, eBay, Photobucket, Twitter

New initiative will allow the News Corp.-owned social network's members to share their profile data with other sites.

By May 8, 2008