And the walls come down? Google and Facebook have joined Dataportability.org!

This is a huge step towards an open, interoperable social web; Google and Facebook are probably the two largest collectors and holders of data (social and otherwise) on the web, and they have been among the most reticient about sharing their data.

Yesterday, it was announced that representatives from , and Plaxo have joined the Dataportability.org workgroup.

This is a huge step towards an open, interoperable ; Google and Facebook are probably the two largest collectors and holders of data (social and otherwise) on the , and they have been among the most reticient about sharing their data.

Social networking updates on Rosebleed

I’ve been updating the features on [tag]Rosebleed[/tag]. Most of the changes are not immediately visible, but they’re nifty:
I’ve rolled out [tag]microformat[/tag] markup all over the site – user profiles are now [tag][/tag]-enabled and the friendslist is marked up with [tag]hCard+XFN[/tag].
I also implemented [tag]FOAF[/tag] profiles with autodiscovery, much like that provided by LiveJournal (for a cool FOAF tool, check out the FOAF Explorer).

Still in the works on the SN side is implementing [tag][/tag] for logins and order tracking, and hCard, hCard+XFN and FOAF profile-pulling.