Jan 09 More Non-News re: Google and Facebook
Yesterday, Read/Write broke the news that Google and Facebook had joined the DataPortability Workgroup, which got a bunch of Social Media folk all moist and whatnot. Read/Write called the news a â€œBombshell,â€ Scoble took the opportunity to complain about getting kicked off of Facebook for using Plaxoâ€™s email scraping tool, Umair Haque links the news to his Edge Principles, Dennis Howlett calls the DataPortability Workgroup â€œstillbornâ€ (ouch), and so on and so on.
Iâ€™m all for giving users the ability to move their data anywhere they want â€“ who wouldnâ€™t be? Data portability is inevitable and is just the right thing to doâ€¦but is it really necessary for these two giants to join a group to make this happen? It seems like they can do a lot of the work now without waiting for a group decision. Sorry, having spent half of my life in Washington, DC, I have grown an aversion to committees and working groups â€“ nothing ever gets done. It looks like good PR for all involved (Facebook, Plaxo, Google, and Scoble), but unnecessary to me. What do you think?