Friday, March 27, 2009

Is Facebook Connect TOO Connected?

What are your social media boundaries?

As more and more people connect to more and more social media, the process of creating, storing, remembering and entering passwords can get pretty onerous.  So OpenSocial tried to solve the problem by making a single-signon ID for multiple sites.  But it hasn't REALLY taken off yet.  But Facebook Connect, on the other hand, looks to many people like "the savior." 

The problem with creating a "new standard" - ANY new standard - is that you have to have some kind of critical mass to make it work.  Well, not many places have critical mass like Facebook.  And being able to share everything I do on the web with my facebook gang is enticing.  Maybe a little too enticing.

I made the decision about a year ago that I was going to dive headfirst into the deep end of social media.  So you can find me blogging here and here.  You can follow me on twitter here.  I've got a photostream and a youtube channel.  And I even bring it all together on friendfeed.

But facebook is a walled garden.  It's the one place where I've never sought to make any new friends - just to connect with old ones.  And I usually decline invitations from people I don't really know (the exceptions are people I admire like Jeff Jarvis and Marty Trussell.

And using facebook connect to identify me to other sites seems a little bit too much like blasting a hole in the wall of my garden, throwing up a neon sign, and saying, "COME ON IN!"

For now, anyway, I'm going to keep the walls intact.  What's the over/under on how long I can hold out?

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