One of the things you have to love about technology is how it changes the way we humans interact with each other via our computers. Who would of thought 10 years ago that we would all be fixated on a social network site and basically make emailing obsolete. But times have changed and now the battle of the social networks is starting to take shape.
Over at Facebook they have seen Twitter grow by leaps and bounds and are now opening up their site to developers. One source states:
We’ve been saying that Facebook is expected to open up access to the feed for a while now and it appears that tomorrow is the day. Last week we were invited to a Monday afternoon developer cocktail hour at Facebook during which the announcement is expected to take place. This evening Jessica Vascellaro wrote about the expected announcement stating core parts would be opened, “namely the information that appears in the stream of updates on users’ homepages and profiles.”
Part of Vascellaro’s scoop is a bit questionable though since everything she has mentioned is already available. Vascellaro states “developers can build services that access the photos, videos, notes and comments users upload to Facebook, with users’ permission.” Developers already had access to this information for months so there must be additional functionality, right?
While there are hints of additional functionality, Vascellaro doesn’t appear to reveal anything new. We’ve been writing for some time that Facebook is expected to open up two things: the feed and shared items. If developers could track shared items, this would be a huge opportunity and it would fall in line with Facebook’s continued assault on Twitter.
So it looks like Facebook will be taking on Twitter by allowing developers to take part in the social networking arena. What do you think? Who will be the winner?