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File Under: Social, Web Services

Twitter Now Lets You Automatically Follow Your Facebook Friends

Twitter is launching some new tools that let you easily add your Facebook friends and your LinkedIn connections to the list of people you follow on the social network. If your friends from Facebook and LinkedIn are on Twitter, you can use the Twitter’s official apps on those social networks to start following them with one click.

This should be a boon to people who are interested in homogenizing their online social experiences, because it lets them follow everyone they know across three of the major social web platforms out there. Of course, some prefer to keep their chocolate and peanut butter separate — they can just ignore these tools and keep on livin’.

The change was announced on the Twitter blog Wednesday afternoon:

Our Facebook app… now shows which of your Facebook friends are on Twitter and lets you follow them instantly and save them to a list. The app also lets you post your Tweets to your Facebook profile and now, to one of your Facebook pages too. With the Tweets application by LinkedIn, you can see which of your LinkedIn connections are on Twitter and follow the ones you choose right from the app. The app also lets you save your LinkedIn connections as a list, post your Tweets to LinkedIn, and add your Twitter account to your LinkedIn profile.

These enhancements to the Facebook and LinkedIn tools should be listed in Twitter’s Find Friends section soon.

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File Under: Software & Tools

Where is the OpenSocial Revolution?

OpenSocialYahoo points out that OpenSocial is a year old. The collection of APIs is a write-once approach to bringing the Facebook platform to any social website. Developers have not clamoured to develop OpenSocial apps. What’s the deal?

While Google was the instigator of OpenSocial, it found many supporters in fellow Facebook competitors: MySpace, Orkut, Friendster, Hi5, and more.

According to OpenSocial’s site, there are many who have rolled out developer implementations. Still, real life examples a year later seem to be minimal, especially in comparison to the land grab that came with Facebook’s platform launch.

There are a few examples trickling out. LinkedIn announced its platform, but is not making it open to all. Yahoo itself released its “open strategy” platform recently, which contains a piece for OpenSocial.

The revolution, it appears, is slow-moving. In the long term, I think open wins. But for now, it’s hard to beat the momentum and focus of Facebook.

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No Sheep Throwing on LinkedIn

LinkedIn recently announced its application platform that lets developers add widgets to user profiles. Though the platform is based on OpenSocial, it’s not all that open:

“The LinkedIn application platform is not publicly available for all developers. We evaluate requests to develop for the LinkedIn platform from partners who have clearly compelling value to our users and who can rigorously follow our privacy policies. We are looking for applications that provide clear business utility to LinkedIn users. LinkedIn is not a place for sheep throwing.”

By making the platform exclusive, LinkedIn is discouraging new applications created specifically for the platform. To apply for consideration, you need to describe your idea and hope the people behind the scenes think it’s good. While the form has the option to describe a new idea, the current crop of examples suggest you’ll do better if you leverage an application you have already built.

Wordpress app for LinkedInOnly a handful of applications are available right now, including two presentation-sharing applications (one from Google, the other SlideShare). Blogging providers WordPress and SixApart each have applications to share blog posts. Amazon built Reading List, a way to share books that you have read or plan to read. Reading List is enabled by default, but other apps require users to specifically add them, choosing whether it’s included on their homepage, profile page, or both.

LinkedIn is obviously learning a lesson from Facebook, as it attempts to keep the quality of its business-oriented service high. Whether a completely closed developer platform is the answer, I’m not sure. Providing developers a sandbox for their applications, with the ability to apply for being called up to the big directory might be a better approach.

A closed acceptance process is a touchy subject with developers. Apple’s App Store for the iPhone has been critisized for rejecting applications for questionable reasons. At least with LinkedIn you don’t have to spend hours working on your idea first.

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