On May 24th Facebook launched it’s developer platform allowing deep integration into it’s website and therefore the world of it’s online community. As you can see from this chart Facebook growth makes the platform hugely appealing to lots of people. It’s a very interesting move and the platform provides developer’s with rich data about it’s users and their friends for use within Facebook applications. Dare Obasanjo has a great post regarding why he thinks Facebook is bigger than blogging.
Having written my first Facebook application this past week I can certainly see a lot of potential. As a blogger I get to interact with my audience (you) via comments and email though for the most part it’s largely a one way conversation where I don’t know much about who’s reading other than they apparently have related interests. Not to mention the fact that the bulk of comments are posted by a relatively few number of people.
One thing I find interesting is that my seemingly off-topic posts have yielded the best feedback I’ve gotten via comments which is one reason I’ve strayed off topic a bit more (this post included). For example, take a look at all the great advice about buying a bike or tools used for file synchronization or podcasts that have been recommended. What if I knew more about my readers and likewise them more about me? I can imagine there being far more information sharing and ideas exchanged simply because of the nature of social networking.
Now, I’m not planning on giving up my blog for a FaceBook profile just yet but this is certainly a platform to watch. I can imagine similar things being done in numerous other areas. Heck, I’ve only been on FaceBook a little over a week.
What about you, are you on FaceBook?
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