One of the predictions which Zeth made last month was that ‘Social Networking will become a protocol’.
I think that was half right: it’s not a protocol, it’s an API, developed by Google (of course).
Not that I think it’s a bad idea, mind, but I do wonder how long this social networking thing is going to last. There was an article on The Register recently about Facebook, in which they surmised that a lot of people use Facebook regularly for 4-5 months but then get bored with it and only check in from time to time if they get messages or the like. That seems to tally with my experience – I do log into Facebook daily, but only just to have a quick check of what’s going on!
But we shall see.