You’re probably one more than one social networking site, right? How many: three, four? Ten? Be it as it may, you’re very likely to know the pain it is to move between networks, manually syncing (or not) your connections and social networks, re-inviting your friends and colleagues to come along.
Today, Wired‘s web services section features a great rant by Scott Gilbertson: Slap in the Facebook: It’s Time for Social Networks to Open Up
Damn the Facebooks and the MySpaces. The last time we checked, there was this thing called the internet that had 6 billion users. It’s time to take our personal data out of Mr. McGregor’s little gardens and put it back where it belongs — free and open on the open web.
Funny thing is, everybody seems to agree – except for the companies running the networks, that is. Mashable, mass-tester of social networking sites, supports that it’s essential to be able to migrate your network from one service to another. (I’ve complained before, too.) The way to go, it seems, is a reliable, open set of standards:
The launch today of Plaxo Pulse is another step towards openness, but the company fully admits itâ€™s nowhere near where it needs to be in the future: itâ€™s a first step, and likely an attempt to earn bragging points for Plaxo as they say â€œwe were here first!â€. But we all know, as evidenced by the Netvibes-Facebook collision last week, that weâ€™re still dealing with a bunch of companies that want to own your attention and keep you within their walls. That wonâ€™t do.
Yup, that about sums it up.