Archive for January, 2008
According to this article today on ReadWriteWeb (great blog about the social web), it looks like the invitations from the technical working group DataPortability.org to Google and Facebook and Plaxo have been accepted. The basic idea behind DataPortability.org is that a user’s social profile data should be portable between systems. Profile data can include not only who you are, but what you do, and what you like.
One example of the emerging technologies affiliated with DataPortability.org is APML (Attention Profiling Markup Language). This is an XML encoding of what you are interested in finding on the internet, and what sources you trust for information. It’s an expression of your tastes, computerized. Just the sort of information Netflix and Amazon, etc., separately maintain about you today, in their own ways.
The question DataPortability.org raises is: What if you “owned” all this very useful formalized data about yourself, and could share it with whom and what you wish, when and where you wish? (More questions follow in all directions: Where is this information stored? How you make sense of it in ways that are also portable? How is this private information sharable and protectable at the same time?)
DataPortability.org technologies could change the internet tremendously. For one thing, instead of logging in to a social networking site to find out what your friends are doing, you’ll soon be asking something more like search engine, supplying as a parameter your identification and your friends list. Score one for Google, I think. For two, next time you walk into a bar, expect flashing lights around the heads of the people who’s interests match yours. Score one for…the metaverse?
I think my sister-in-law was joking when she suggested it, but I sort of like it, and with an iPhone it should be easy: My new year’s resolution for 2008 is to spend more time on the internet.