10 May 2008

Social networking sites allow export of profiles

Google will launch a new product on Monday called "Friend Connect," which will be a set of APIs for Open Social participants to pull profile information from social networks into third party websites. This week MySpace launched Data Availability, a competing product and in a pre-release announcement, we heard about Facebook Connect, another similar product. They will all be a way to securely send personal profile data, including friend lists, presence/status information, etc., to third party applications. The primary benefit of these services is to allow users to maintain a single friends list and to coordinate social activities across different sites that perform different services.