Tag Archives: social networks

Get Facebook (and Google+) to support the open Web

Dave Winer wants Facebook to support the open Web.

He wants Facebook updates to support embedded links, titles, enclosures, and styling such as italics and boldface.

I 100% agree. And it applies to Google+ too.

I create and publish my blog with WordPress, and syndicate it as far and wide as I can using the NextScripts Social Networks Auto Poster plugin. On Tumblr, the posts show up in very close to native format. The three social networks that are the worst for preserving original content are the three I care about most: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

I’d settle for less than Dave. I’d be happy if Facebook and Google+ supported embedded links and blockquotes. And let me post using that formatting with a third-party app, like WordPress.

Twitter is a lost cause. It’s always going to have that 140-character limit. Twitter flirted with changing that, but changed its mind.

All I want to do is share my posts in ways so that people who want to see them can easily and conveniently do so. Why does it have to be so goddamn hard?

More from Dave:

Why Notes are not the answer. Very few people read Facebook notes, and there isn’t a standard API for writing to notes using an external program like WordPress or Dave’s own 1999.io.

“All silos are not equally silo-y”: Twitter is a silo, but you can link to a tweet from elsewhere and someone else can read it even if they aren’t logged in. On Facebook, that’s confusing and often not true.


The rise and fall of FriendFeed, that social network that brought you the 'Like' button – Corinne Litchfield, The Kernel

Launched in beta in 2007, founded by four ex-Googlers – Bret Taylor, Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, and Sanjeev Singh – FriendFeed's mission was to glue together other social networks, consolidating activity from 23 social networks into a single feed.

In addition to pioneering the Like button, it also pioneered the realtime feed, the ability to share or embed items from the feed in the wider web, and more. It had a thriving community too.

Facebook bought FriendFeed, incorporated many of its ideas in the News Feed, and killed FriendFeed in 2015.

I liked FriendFeed a lot.

New leadership at Google+ suggests it’ll be integrated into other Google services

That’s just my gut feeling based on the background of Dave Besbris, who replaces Vic Gundotra at the top. Besbris has an engineering background, rather than marketing or management, suggesting he’ll be in charge of integrating and building rather than evangelizing.

Network World: As Gundotra departs, Google+ gets a new leader 

This is a good move for Google. It fits a strategy of breaking monolithic social networks into more focused components, as Facebook is doing with Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. It allows successful Google+ products, like Hangouts and Photos, to get free of the problematic Facebook-like Google+ stream. And it will reduce friction between Google+ and other parts of Google. 

Google has kinda-sorta positioned Google+ as a business social network,  like Yammer or Jive. It’s part of the Google Apps suite. That future is unclear now (which isn’t to say it was clear before). 

Network World: Google+ tremors rattle Apps suite