AllFacebook reports that ‘Microsoft strengthens relationship with Facebook’. This looks very promising.
Lately, I have been working quite a bit on Facebook, primarily R & D for a prospective client project (in Marketing Research). Perusing through Facebook-related blogs, one posting stands out – ‘How Facebook Could Kill Twitter Overnight’. The premise is - if the Facebook API call ‘Users.getInfo’ includes the user’s status update – it would mean the demise of Twitter overnight! Sounds very interesting indeed – developers will be thankful and Facebook would save $500m (part of which would belong to Microsoft). Unfortunately, the blog post claims that Facebook does not have the developer resources available to build the status updates internally – this is a weak argument.
Good post and some very good responses (comments) to the post. I am of the opinion - why not do it? it appears that Facebook would have more to gain (broader demographics) and the market would sort out ‘the division of the spoils’.
My thanks to Microsoft for the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for 2009 - this is 2nd time in a row! I have been very active with the Groove and the CTDOTNET community for the past several years and it is always a pleasure to be helpful and work with other developers.
Groove has evolved considerably over the years (since '01) and works well with other collaborative platforms, especially SharePoint. Check Groove 2007 out - download a free trial and dive into the Groove 2007 Developer workspaces from CTDOTNET Connecticut .NET Developers Group web-site.