Since my post on Friday about MySpace and their “data availability initiative”, both Facebook and Google have made similar announcements. Facebook announced Facebook Connect which will allow users to connect their Facebook identity, friends, and privacy to any Website. And almost as if on cue, Google announced (or is expected to announce on Monday) Friend Connect, part of Open Social that will allow users to acessprofile information from social networks to other Web sites. And, late last month, even Yahoo made an announcement about being more social.
As I discussed previously, one of the future strategies and important steps for social network companies will be in how they provide tools to help people manage their online activities. Tech Crunch does a good job describing a “Centralized Me” concept versus something more portable, an “aggregated me” so to speak. Everyone’s been talking about FriendFeed, some are even migrating from the once dominant Twitter. Now, the big social networks are opening things up in hopes of having a piece of the information as users manage their schizophrenic online identities.