Facebook: Localization Coming Soon!

Robert Scoble, who’s currently attending the Davos conference, had the chance to connect with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO. Among the things Zuckerberg shared:

  • Localization: “they are within weeks of shipping translated versions of Facebook.”
  • Application Platform: “they are working on a major overhaul of the application platform. Both to make apps less spammy and also to deliver much more functionality so more apps move beyond the viral, but pretty low feature, styles of apps.”
  • Data Portability: “they are still thinking about data portability and just how that will work to both protect users as well as to encourage new kinds of applications to be built.”
  • Scrabulous: “he talked to me about his love of Scrabulous and was hopeful that a good resolution will come. (…) He thinks there may be an acquisition or other good outcome to the dispute.”
  • The Beacon debacle: “he admitted to me that he had made mistakes in how they implemented Beacon and explained it. Watch for him to come back with a new Beacon and a much better explanation.”

What it means: being located outside the US, I definitely sense that localization is the biggest issue facing Facebook in terms of future growth. Europe has seen the emergence of strong regional social network players because of that situation, especially in non-English speaking countries. On Scrabulous, expect Facebook themselves to buy the application (and then pay Hasbro for the license) as it is one of the stickiest app out there.

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Google, Facebook Now Part of Data Portability Workgroup

According to ReadWriteWeb, Google and Facebook have now joined the Data Portability Workgroup.

The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks. The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability – where users can take their data from the websites they use to reuse elsewhere and where vendors can leverage safe cross-site data exchange for a whole new level of innovation. Good bye customer lock-in, hello to new privacy challenges. If things go right, today could be a very important day in the history of the internet.

What it means: I agree that, if this is not a public relations stunt, this could be a very important move for Web users. It would drastically simplify the “socialization” of the Web. Data portability has been at the forefront of the conversation for the last 6 months and was crystalized last week by Robert Scoble’s suspension from Facebook. Let’s hope these two companies are not joining the group to slow down the efforts.

Google, Facebook Now Part of Data Portability Workgroup

According to ReadWriteWeb, Google and Facebook have now joined the Data Portability Workgroup.

The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks. The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability – where users can take their data from the websites they use to reuse elsewhere and where vendors can leverage safe cross-site data exchange for a whole new level of innovation. Good bye customer lock-in, hello to new privacy challenges. If things go right, today could be a very important day in the history of the internet.

What it means: I agree that, if this is not a public relations stunt, this could be a very important move for Web users. It would drastically simplify the “socialization” of the Web. Data portability has been at the forefront of the conversation for the last 6 months and was crystalized last week by Robert Scoble’s suspension from Facebook. Let’s hope these two companies are not joining the group to slow down the efforts.

Data Portability: LinkedIn Now Allows You To Export Your Data

Big storm this week in the blogosphere as Robert Scoble’s Facebook account was temporarily suspended for breaking the site’s terms of service. He was using a new tool from Plaxo Pulse that was extracting and matching Plaxo and Facebook users. As Robert said: “I wanted to get all my contacts into my Microsoft Outlook address book and hook them up with the Plaxo system, which 1,800 of my friends are already on.” Scoble was eventually reinstated but the debate about data portability now rages on (see also DataPortability.org).

Linkedin export function

A few minutes ago, I discovered that LinkedIn now allows you to export your data in various formats (.CSV and .VCF). I don’t know how long they’ve been offering this feature (not long I suspect) but it’s an extremely smart move to position themselves as the definite business-oriented social network. Bravo!