Looking over the landscape of recent blog posts on open social networking, it’s clear that folks are interested in connecting together some of their disparate accounts on a wide range of social networks. The dream is that distributed social networks will mesh with individuals–each who are on multiple social networks–and that the whole thing kind of slides up next to the blogosphere and extends the notion of a free, open, distributed Long Tail environment….But we’ve got a long way to go before we can truly open up social networking. All sorts of social-networking APIs (application programming interface) will be implemented by different vendors–and we need a way to map these APIs together and create some sort of normalized world–where friends, profile pages, groups and messages all can line up and be compatible with each other….We need a way to find people and not have some vendor own that list of people’s names. There are a few “people search” plays out there right now, but none of them are offering up the source code to their platforms or promoting the notion of open people search. We even tried to do a PeoplesDNS once. So, it’s not like we haven’t been trying!
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