Tim O'Reilly: Social Networks as Infrastructure, Not Apps

Using Amazon’s acquisition of Shelfari as a jumping-off point, Tim O’Reilly stresses the need for social network interoperability. From Radar:

Some of my friends prefer LibraryThing. Others may prefer Shelfari. But I only network with those on Goodreads because that’s the service I ended up using first. What a shame that I can’t see what my friends on LibraryThing and Shelfari might be reading! I’d love to see a firm commitment to cross-application connectivity, with the social network as infrastructure rather than application.

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