Tuesday, December 09, 2008

MySpace Enters the Google Vs. Facebook "Friend Connect" War

'MySpaceID' announcements were made on-site at the Le Web 08 Conference in Paris prior to the keynote conversation between MySpace?s Chief Operating Officer Amit Kapur and Tech Crunch Founder and Co-Editor Michael Arrington.

on blog.wired.com, Scott Gilbertson writes
MySpace and Facebook are racing to create a truly portable social network, one that allows you to bring your friends with you on your web travels. MySpace recently announced MySpaceID, a way to use your MySpace login info, and all the friends connections that come with it, on other websites.

Last week Facebook opened up a similar program, Facebook Connect, but MySpace's effort is significantly different because it uses open web tools and partners with Facebook competitor, Google Friend Connect.

At the moment, using MySpaceID, you can log in to select sites with your MySpace username and see which of your MySpace friends use those sites. In the future, MySpaceID will also synchronize your feed activity — much like Facebook Connect — as well as allow you to register for third-party site accounts with your MySpaceID.[-m-o-r-e]
ReadWriteWeb says MySpaceID is "...exactly like when AOL first began to let its users explore the Web with the AOL Web browser. It wasn't great, but it gave users a taste of what the Web could be."

Facebook Connect vs Google Friend Connect: Fight!
Let’s say you want to add either Google Friend Connect or Facebook Connect functionality to your web site or a blog. Mashable explains: In the simplest of terms, both Google Friend Connect and Facebook Connect let you create applications on your website that allow your visitors to interact with the site and their friends by logging in with their Google, Facebook, or OpenID credentials.

The key difference between the two services is the fact that Facebook is one social network, while Google Friend Connect is open to any site, service or social network that uses OpenID for identification...

...Both services require you to add some snippets of code to your site; however, adding Facebook Connect apps is a much more convoluted process.

Facebook Connect Will Now Compete With Disqus? Too Dangerous ...

Biggest Battle Yet For Social Networks: You, Your Identity And ...
So once again “Facebook I ask you, where are the sites? I sure ain’t Digging Facebook Connect because there are no connections.

Should you add Google Friend Connect to your blog? | BlogHer
May 13, 2008 ... What is Friend Connect, and do you want to use it on your blog? ...


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