this weekend at creative camp we were talking about various professional/social networking tools, and how it’d be handy if there was a single sign-on solution for all of them.
one of the other presenters said, and i quote(paraphrase),
“If you made one place that managed my account login as well as personal info, so i didnt have to retype it every time, for:myspace livejournal facebook monster linkedin bloglines etc etc etc, not only would I use it but you’d probably make a million dollars.”
so yeah. of the bunch he rattled off, the only one with no api support at all to my knowledge is myspace. single sign on/standardizatoin of information IS a good thing. and profitable. cuz happy(and free(and open)) developers are productive developers, right?
Messina has been jabbering on about microformats forever. I recently got around to asking, “what’s the big deal”? Essentially, the content doesnt change but the packaging does. Formats like RSS, while effective, are inefficient because they require an additional packaging process: the generation of the feed. Microformats take the built in id and class properties of HTML elements and use them for their underlying purpose…no, not to style and format. That’s a secondary use. The primary function of id and class is identify an “object” within the DOM. ID’s for single objects, classes for recurring objects. Microformats exploit these identifiers in such a way that a web document itself acts as the publishing feed…a parser can go through looking for a standardized format for information such as calendar and address book info. no secondary republishing. and, every instance of support means that another developer has to do one less thing in making his data scrape work.
data standardization is good.
im weaseling a little bit of hCalendar into the app i’m building at work. my hope is that, when phase 2 rolls around, and it comes time to hook in syndication services, i can say “well, its actually mostly done already”. thats the kind of stuff that makes my bosses happy.
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