And it’s starting to happen right now, today in fact. :-)
I reported earlier on a new feed in Facebook, allowing notifications to be visible outside the wall.
It’s getting reallll interesting — I’ve found some more RSS feeds in Facebook’s UI.
These are new, and I’m pretty sure more are coming.
Of course the big question is How Far Will They Go?
Do you all think that the apps we’re building on top of Twitter will be able to run on the Facebook platform? I think there are a lot more users “over there.” (I’m still very much centered in TwitterLand as I’m sure is obvious to anyone who’s rooted in FaceBook.)
TechCrunch coverage of this story.
Jeff Sandquist: “I suspect this will allow me to send my Facebook status updates to Twitter.”
Paul Thompson: “The ‘friends status updates’ feed has been available for a while now.”
Geekspeaker says RSS may be the new HTML.
Many people report (see above, and on TechCrunch) the Facebook feeds are not new. Maybe so, but… If they’re not new, their significance hasn’t penetrated the thinking in the tech community. According to convention wisdom, Facebook was, until today, considered a sandbox, a walled garden, a silo. Now that we know that the feeds are being implemented (many are still needed to make it really open) it’s possible for Facebook-generated data to percolate into other Internet applications. As Fred Wilson has wisely pointed out, there is no winner-take-all outcome possible, and closed sandboxes just encourage route-arounds, so what Facebook is doing is smart and necessary. (Wilson is a backer of Twitter.)
He’d apologize as follows.
“Dave, I’m sorry I made it sound like you were the only person at Gnomedex talking back during my speech. In fact, the chatroom and Twitter were erupting, and people were talking in the audience, and you weren’t even the first person to speak out loud. I’m also sorry for all the personal things I said about you, I have no insight into your personality, I’m still trying to figure myself out. At age 37, I haven’t even had my mid-life crisis yet!”
And he’d also apologize to Nick Denton.
“Nick, I’m sorry I called you a ‘fucking liar’ on stage at Gnomedex. I think sometimes you stretch the truth, and maybe you actually lie, but I lie too, and I wouldn’t like it if someone talked about me that way.”
And to Google.
“To our friends at Google I’d like to apologize for saying that your search engine is filled with spam.”
And finally, he’d apologize to the people at Gnomedex.
“To the people who came to Gnomedex, I realize that you took time off from work, and paid to attend the conference, and in many cases paid for your travel and hotel, in some cases thousands of dollars, only to hear an advertisement. That might have been okay if my talk weren’t about the evils of advertising and how it was destroying the Internet we know and love. Boy was that ironic and I am really sorry for wasting so much of your time and money.”
Bonus 2: Wired report on the Calacanis speech, just after it happened.
Bonus 3: Dave W as viewed by Tim O and Jason C. :-)
Josh Bancroft: “Is the RSS feed for ‘Your Notifications’ in Facebook a new feature?”
We’re going to check it out Josh.
Here’s my notifications feed. I was able to subscribe to it in my aggregator, no problems.
It’s definitely getting my notifications out of the Facebook silo (assuming you can see it).
Here’s where you can find the feed.
Wired quoted Calacanis quoting TIm O’Reilly saying some pretty nasty stuff, explaining why I’m not invited to his conferences. He wrote this piece in 2000.
The problem with the O’Reilly piece is that is isn’t true.
After he wrote the piece I was invited to speak at E-Tech and OSCON and to participate in an Open Source Summit. I accepted all the invites. Nothing disruptive happened at any of them. You can ask the people who were there. I think Doc Searls was at all of the events.
And Wired might want to check these things out before repeating such damaging attacks as fact. I think that’s covered in Journalism 101.
These mob attacks are fun for you guys, but they’re not fun for the people who get ganged up on. Some people take advantage of that, and use it to build flow and page rank, and distract people from issues they don’t want to talk about. Publications like Wired should be counted on to slow things down and check the facts. If we have more of that, we’ll have less of the bad stuff.
Jay Rosen on Karl Rove and Washington politics.
Xeni Jardin reviews (new!) Virgin America airline.