Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Twitter and Facebook without the Twitter and Facebook

People are the reason for these "social" sites like Twitter and Facebook. Not the destination or the "platform" or any of that bullshit.

Your friends, family, 'net pals, gaming buddies, and so on.

If you already have a personal social network on these sites, but don't really want to participate on them, but do want watch and keep up-to-date with everyone - thanks to the very web standards most of this junk is built on, you've got a way to do it without being glued to it.

How? XML, baby. More specifically its implementation in RSS/Atom feeds.

Screen cap of my preferred RSS feed reader, Google Reader:

Like I said, the point of this is that perhaps you don't or simply can't log into these sites from work, or just prefer to stalk them, without actually logging in and engaging with them.

The point is you have the ability to receive your friends social network data from outside of the social network. That freedom gives you more flexibility and choice.

(this is a quick and dirty post...I plan to update for clarity, perhaps with more information at a later time.)

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