With the announcements last week from Twitter (acquisition of Tweetie and announced intentions of additional mobile space moves) and the information dumped this week from Facebook F8 (Dropping of Facebook Connect Branding, new APIs, Credits, removal of the 24 hour limit for data retention, etc.), one wonders:
How do these big moves affect you?
As a user, in many ways this means that your user experience across a number of your favorite sites will become more integrated. It will also mean that things you thought were “private” aren’t really.
I think the fallout / shakeout from these big moves will become crystal clear over the course of the summer as startups and companies adapt to the changing landscape.
As a developer, these announcements provide an opportunity to differentiate and innovate.
But at the same time, the announcements are a continuation of a recurring theme at Facebook, particularly with regard to its API and application development – namely, Facebook’s constant changes means your implementation work is never really done and every six months or so they’re gonna break your shit.
Place me squarely in the “let’s see how this really shakes out” camp.
I’m less than enthralled with the prospect of so much having to go through a single gatekeeper, benevolent or not, who may decide to capriciously cut me off from the trough, on a whim. In the case of Facebook, they’ve yet to prove that they can reliably be trusted with this type of stewardship.
So, hunker down and prepare to hear an avalanche of gushing about how Facebook is going to “change the game” and how Twitter is “getting serious.”
And be sure to set your B.S. filter to “high.”