2009/02/28

The OpenSocial API on Blogger

The Google Friend Connect integration also brings the OpenSocial API to Blogger -- not just the Gadgets APIs, which Blogger has had for a while, but also the social APIs. Let's see how the Friend Connect demo gadget (which calls the OpenSocial APIs) works within this blog post:







In Friend Connect, the followers of this blog show up as "friends" of the OWNER, which is the blog (Abstractioneer). I show up as an administrator of the site, as does the Blogger service. And, my friends-on-Abstractioneer show up as my friends when I sign in.

(It's amusing how social Blogger is becoming -- not only is a blog your friend, Blogger itself is helping to manage your friend's affairs.)

2009/02/27

Building Out the Social Internetwork

It's been a busy week unifying Blogger Following and Google Friend Connect, so not a lot of time for blogging. A great thing about Friend Connect is that it's a catalyst for millions of individual social contexts (web pages). The contexts are separable but not totally disjoint -- you can choose to leverage and include your existing social networks and social communication tools. (The last thing we need is another social network.)

This is a little bit like real life, where you have different social contexts without totally disconnected social networks.

A practical advantage of the unification is the ability to create OpenSocial gadgets that work well on both Blogger blogs and Google Friend Connect sites. Stay tuned...

2009/02/11

Sorry Son, I Can't Read to You Tonight...

...unless you pony up some cash to purchase the audio rights:
"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. "That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law." -- WSJ
In addition to the millions of felonious parents, the AFB might have a word or two to say about this.

2009/02/10

The Toaster Project

Synopsis: Make a toaster... from the ground up, with materials you manufacture yourself. Highly educational. Has an associated blog, naturally. Definitely making a Statement. More backstory here: http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2009/02/-thomas-thwaites-the-toaster.php.