A step-by-step guide to unDRMing your Kindle books—a prudent course of action given Amazon’s recent unilateral wiping of Kindles.
Watch this space. Glenn has a really interesting idea (and implementation) for exchanging structured data between browser windows using drag'n'drop.
Kellan outlines the bare minimum you should expect from any service that you are putting data into.
Blaine outlines the vision for Webfinger.
Okay, I know I said "holy freakin' crap!" the last time I linked to one of Glenn's Social Graph API experiments but now he's gone and created a Firefox plug-in: press alt-i and you can see the social graph for anyone's site. Holy freakin' crap!
Paul Mison shares his thoughts on moving towards a decentralised web of services rather than silos of data. "Now I'm wondering: is there a space for a piece of user-installable software, like Movable Type or Wordpress, that aggregates their data from sites across the web, and then presents it as a site? If there is, is it even possible to write it in a way that anyone who couldn't have written it themselves can even use it?"
Glenn has created a screencast of his superb Skillswap presentation, syncing up the audio with the slides.
Steven Pemberton's talk from XTech 2008 in Dublin is becoming more relevant with each passing day as yet another service shuts down; Pownce, Ficlets, Stikkit...
Ben has written a superb article outlining the hows and whys of distributed social networks with hCard and XFN, finishing with an inspiring call to arms.
All of Google's data APIs (Calendar, Blogger, Contacts, etc.) all now support OAuth. Excellent!
Scott Kveton rips Chris Saad a new one, and rightly so. We all sent Chris the same message at Social Graph Foo Camp, he's had enough time to shape up but instead things have become increasingly hype-laden and bullshitty with him.
Excellent explanation of DRM by Mark Pilgrim, prompted by MSN Music's gunshot to the head.
As promised by Kevin Marks in the Q&A after my panel at South by Southwest, the Google Contacts API now supports OAuth. w00t!
Liveblogged notes from a discussion I participated in at BarCamp Brighton 2 about Social Network Portability.
A nice summary of the technologies presented at my SXSW panel.
This is great news! Brad Fitzpatrick and Kevin Marks have built a new Google API that will spider XFN links.
Chris interviews himself about portable social networks and distributed identity.
Chris says that URLs are people too: "You’ve got my URL, now, tell me, what else do you really need?"
David follows up on my talk at St Paul's with cornucopia of thoughts and links that's more in-depth than the talk itself.
TIm Berners-Lee explains what the "graph" part of "social graph" means. I'm still not keen on the term but I really love the idea (although I also disagree about the building blocks required today).
A new site to track the building blocks of portable social networks: OpenID, OAuth, hCard, XFN and more.
Another sign up form that features hCard input (like Satisfaction). Choose a service (e.g. Flickr, Last.fm, Twitter) or enter your own URL.
David Recordon announces a new developer tool for tracking status changes on social networking sites.
Brian Oberkirch's presentation from Webmaster Jam looks excellent.
Six Apart are getting ready to make portable social networks a reality. Watch this space for code.
Cameron's plea for social network transparency and portability is one of the most lucid and succinct yet.
Try Plaxo's identity consolidator for yourself. Give it a URL that includes rel="me".
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The guys at Plaxo have not only implemented social network portability, they're sharing the code.
James has some quick'n'dirty Python code for extracting relationship data from social networking sites.
A mailing list to discuss portable social networks.
Another take on social network portability.
Tantek, Brian, Daniel and others got together in Ritual Roasters to discuss making portable social networks a reality. Here are the notes.
Glenn weighs in with his thoughts on portable social networks through microformats. Looks like the Backnetwork app might be the first to start doing this.