Facebook Status’ API Cannot Crush Twitter Because They Do Not Compete

So Facebook just announced they were making statuses available through a new API. Allfacebook broke the news with an article titled Facebook Opens Status API, Say Goodbye to Twitter. It is hard to argue that Facebook is not enabling a Twitter-like experience to its users through this API (which was almost already the case before opening up the API). However, there is NO WAY that Facebook opening up statuses means Twitter is dead.

It’s the network!

Facebook provides a well-connected, spam-free social environment. Because friendship approvals are mutual, it generates trust and transparency. Facebook’s social graphs strongly resemble the offline reality.

Twitter is a hyper-connected, self-serve social network. Shrunk messages make room for more voices, profiles are more thematic than personal, and social ties do not have to be mutual.

In other words, I connect with my family and liked acquaintances on Facebook to keep in touch with them. On the other end, I connect with interesting folks on Twitter to share good tips, news or opinions on anything new tech.

Tweeting with my family would not make sense, and sharing what I share on Facebook with my Twitter friends would not make sense either. Even if I can create groups of friends on Facebook (thus create a Twitter group for example), I don’t see how I could make sense out of blending the two social platforms.

The Twitter execs team wouldn’t have rejected Facebook’s purchase offer if all it takes to destroy them is a status API.

RateItAll Launches V3: Consumer Reviews And Beyond

On the Web, reviews are the voices of the consumers. Despite a multi-million dollars advertising campaign, if a product is not well-acclaimed on consumer-opinions Websites, sales will never tear the roof off. It’s the democratic aspect of the Web.

Consumer reviews’ Websites have empowered the consumer in many ways: it catapulted businesses into an era of transparency and attention to customers’ satisfaction. On the other hand, consumer reviews Websites have never truly empowered the reviewers that provide the juice to their Websites: reviews belong to the site’s owners, no internal structure makes it easy for reviewers to meet one another, and no consumer reviews Website opens up its database to third-party developers.

RateItAll launches its V3 version of RateItAll today. RateItAll first launched its service in 1999, and after almost 10 years of community development, the startup got funds to power a fresh new start.

In a few words (in order not to repeat what the video already mentions), V3 has 5 main new components:

  1. A fresh new design.
  2. The site is now a hybrid between Facebook and Delicious, allowing you to follow people, new category items, and keywords. All the items appear on your user’s homepage.
  3. Creating a new review became even simpler and more accessible.
  4. The social gaming dimension that matches users’ tastes together is more prominent with the new design.
  5. A full read/write API is now accessible for third-party developers. Developers can pull any item they wish from the RateItAll’s database, and the rev share model can also transit through the RIA’s programmable infrastructure. Developers can also use the API to power their own custom-built review widgets (even though it’s a little heavy on the javascript so far).

By being innovative, RateItAll gets back in the competition of consumer reviews providers. Other service providers should find an obvious interest in powering their Websites with the RateItAll technology: fully-customizable content, two-way information infrastructure, revenue plan, widgets, and a vibrant community on RateItAll that’s been crunching reviews for the past ten years.

A Quick Overview Of APIs Today

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Today, I am meeting Oren Michels, the Founder and CEO of Mashery. Mashery is the leading provider of API management services.

Ebay was the first company to launch an API back in 2001. Since then, the adoption growth has been pretty slow, until social networks like Facebook and Twitter started to play the open data game. The release of the Google Maps API also catapulted a number of new mashup projects.

To prepare the interview with Oren, I have studied Mashery’s background a little bit (the job of a reporter). My researches started with Sexywidget‘s insightful review of last week’s API conference. The blog’s author Lawrence Coburn details the 6 different existing business model that can be applied with an API. A click away from this article, on ZDnet, Dion Hinchcliffe offers a complete understanding of the evolution of APIs, and explains why it has become essential for any web-based company to consider building an API.

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Yet another click away, John Musser of ProgrammableWeb celebrates the 1,000th API of ProgrammableWeb’s API list. Since ProgrammableWeb tracks all those different APIs, it is able to deliver serious metrics on APIs’ usage:

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Finally, the team from Social Web TV brings us this punchy little video (at the top of this article), where John McCrea invites Clay Loveless, Mashery’s chief architect, to participate to the show:

The Web is going Social, and the Social Web is going open, I see Mashery’s fitting in as a logical service layer to that…

Automatic Link Posting… Adding value?

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automatic link posting

I enjoyed reading this post written by Martin Belam from currybet.net about posting delicious links automatically to your blog. The writer gives 10 useful bookmarking tips to create compelling link pages. I don’t quite use the same method to automate link posting. Delicious’ problem is the lack of choice on the posting frequency: It’s daily, period. We can find a more flexible solution through Delicious’ API, but for non-developers, the auto-posting tool sucks (with all due respect to the Delicious development team).

In the end, what is the value of posting links? Today, it’s easier to share through social networks, RSS readers and Twitter. Delicious’ links are nofollow on your blog, so you’re not even sending some juice around. The only appeal that remains is that – through automatic link posting – you can generate an infinite load of content effortlessly. This makes me wonder: Can you really add value to automatic link posting?