In the very Macaron flavoured world of the Melbourne Food Blogosphere everyone seems to use blogspot. I donâ€™t usually have much to say about Blogger but more out of pure ignorance than any steadfast knowledge of its technical merits. I wouldnâ€™t recommend anyone to use it, probably opting for the more independent, open-source based WordPress.com for a hosted blogging solution. However one thing I have noticed is the prominence of Google Connect paraphenalia in the sidebar of many of these blogs. These widgets allow me to â€œfollowâ€ each blog, what this means I have no idea as I thought I already was â€œfollowingâ€ them in my Google Reader account. Surely this has some other functionality other than me giving the blog owner nothing more than a vote of confidence that someone else likes their website.
The other thing that I have noticed recently is the growing prominence of Facebook Connect logins on a number of websites. Each of these things growing is a sign of things to come and Iâ€™m sorry FriendFeed but you arenâ€™t involved. The minute one of these 2 systems starts providing me, and my friends (my real not geeky internet type friends) some real value they will go ballistic.
Already Iâ€™m liking the Twitter/FriendFeed style flow that has been brought to my Facebook page, not the AJAX fueled â€œLive Statusâ€ updates that was there before, but the I refresh the page and there is something new there every time style updates. Old friends I havenâ€™t spoken to in a while have sent me messages, Iâ€™ve seen photos I wouldnâ€™t have seen and Iâ€™m feeling the love for Facebook again. Itâ€™s just a matter of time until I start seeing every website that anyone has performed an action on showing up in there and being able to comment on it.
Likewise I think that is what is missing from Googleâ€™s network, a home page, a public profile page, a place where people can come and see that Iâ€™ve found a heap of cool new blogs today, found a love of commenting on blogs and generally learnt how to truly waste time in the blogosphere and that doesnâ€™t include the hour I spent on Google Reader this morning.
There is a heap of different technologies at play here, Jabber/XMPP, RSS/Readers, Social Networking, Blogs, Comments, Forums and Status. Saying that tying them together is the next big thing is like closing the gate after the horse has bolted, but I canâ€™t wait until one of these massive companies can tie them all together.