26 September 2007

Alive and (almost) well

Still recovering from a week of bad health, trying to get back to speed at work & at home... BTW, I'm looking for other (popular) social networking sites apart from the Facebook/LinkedIn/Orkut "trimurti"... suggestions?

5 comments:

Giulio Piancastelli said...

No suggestions of course, but an utmost curiosity about the reasons why you are searching more social networks.

GiacomoL said...

Obviously, to spam Python North-West ;)

BTW, organising this just made me think about how badly promo-people need a one-button "push" tool for this kind of thing. I had to enter the same stuff in Upcoming, Facebook, Googlecal, my blog, the group homepage, and any other site which might be useful... Ideally, I'd have a server with N adapters for all these sites, and just click "Publish" once; this would post to blogs (including pinging relevant services), calendar services, facebook and all the other networks & feeds.

Seeing how hard FB is pushing anything that tries to use its service from outside, this seems an uphill struggle... too bad, because it would help everyone involved.

Giulio Piancastelli said...

Obviously, to spam Python North-West ;)

Arrr, I suspected that! ;-)

BTW, organising this just made me think about how badly promo-people need a one-button "push" tool for this kind of thing. [..] Seeing how hard FB is pushing anything that tries to use its service from outside, this seems an uphill struggle... too bad, because it would help everyone involved.

I am under the impression that social networks and social web applications are still "islands on the net". APIs can help, but someone still needs to write the glue software between services. Wasn't something like WSDL/WADL supposed to ease the plumbing process?

Not having anything to spam/promote/market, nor anything relevant to say anywhere (and not feeling the desire to be "part" of any online community) I am that much far from feeling your pain. But, conceptually, the issue holds also for managing such a simple thing as your web presence: think at a blog, and del.icio.us, Flickr, YouTube accounts, then a tumble-log, and at the issue of organizing data amongst the services *and* moving data across them. It's not only a professional kind of issue, it's a problem that anyone desiring not to be tied to a single service is going to need a solution to... better yet, he already needs it right now.

GiacomoL said...

APIs do help a lot. If only all services exposed proper APIs for external push&pull of all their elements, people would be quick to come up with solutions. Unfortunately, some publishers expose only crippled interfaces (e.g. the ridiculous facebook API), which is almost worse, because they give the idea that they are "open" when in fact they really are still closed. But if really "social software" is the future of interaction on the web, then we need open ways of managing this interaction.

Giulio Piancastelli said...

I just found Ning. Would it help?