Friday, May 08, 2009

Facebook Connect, Gateway To Openness?

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Facebook Connect could potentially become the standard proprietary system on the Internet. Providing a global login across the web for our activity, identities and social connections. Digg launched their Facebook Connect integration this week with many websites, mobile applications and desktop clients having already integrated with the service.

Facebook announced an important step toward greater openness through Facebook Platform recently, although the stream does still remain closed due to extensive privacy controls. What concerns me slightly is that although our activity through Facebook Connect is in the public domain there isn't a central location this can be accessed. What Facebook needs is a commenter profile similar to Disqus, I don't expect them to create another portal but a gateway to access the activity through the social networking site.

Disqus announced Mini-Profiles recently and Facebook could introduce a similar system even by just providing the Facebook badges. It's clear that Facebook Connect is a popular system being implemented across the Internet and there's real potential to innovate and enhance the functionality. Whether the service is core to the open vision remains to be seen but I feel it has a significant role to play! What are your thoughts?

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