Facebook Changes – THE Social Infrastructure?

By September 22, 2011

The big changes at Facebook, announced today by Mark Zuckerberg at the F8 developer’s conference, are bigger than anythingthe company has done so far. I’ve been reading a lot of analysis about the implication of the changes and I can confidently say that no one, not even Zuckerberg, can fully comprehend the impact this will have on the social web.

Most people are initially talking about the new timeline feature the Facebook profile. It’s like a virtual, visual scrapbook of your life (or your friends life for you to view); an app-generated autobiography of sorts. It goes beyond a static collection of where you’ve been or what you’ve done though.  Eventually Facebook will provide way to see what your friends are doing in real-time AND (here’s the kicker) actually join them right now to do it together, whether it’s watching a TV show together, listening to music or sharing an article.

The engine creating this functionality is the “The Open Graph,” an initiative allowing app developers to create programs that interweave with all conceivable aspect of our lives. The end result could be our own, individual, reality show where everything we do is seen (if we allow) by friends, family and others. Everyone can star in their own version of The Truman Show.

I have found a few articles written by authorities on the subject that I wanted to share with you. If you see any other analysis of the Facebook changes please mention them in the comments to share with others.

Facebook’s Changes—It’s All About the Platform

by David Kirkpatrick – @DavidKirkpatric – Tech journalist, founder of the Techonomy Conference, columnist at Daily Beast

Facebook is Ready for Your New Closeup. Are You? by Steven Levy – @stevenjayl –  Wired

 

Categories : Facebook | SocialMedia | socialnetworks

Comments
Kelly Smith September 23, 2011

Two more good articles about this came across my LinkedIn updates this morning:

http://mashable.com/2011/09/22/facebooks-changes-marketers/

http://mashable.com/2011/09/22/facebook-changes-roundup/

sschablow September 23, 2011

Kelly, Thanks for taking the time to post the articles. They both have great information. I like how LinkedIn presents topical articles each day.

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