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anti-social software

2007-07-03 18:17:25.217897+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I finally not only got my login emails from Facebook sometime late yesterday afternoon and got my account somewhat setup, shortly thereafter I got a happy friendly email from a Facebook employee telling me that he'd helpfully reset my password.

I went and fixed that, and was faced with yet another stupid blogging tool that had lock-in notions of identity.

xunker - Super Crossposting Power is looking for the same thing I am, a tool that lets those of us who don't want to let someone else own our data manage this crap better. He points to WriteToMyBlog, a web based tool that doesn't support my web browser and that doesn't give me enough confidence to entrust them with my user name and password, and SwiftPen, a similar service that's still in beta, but I'd be super happy for something that just took a text file and posted it to all of my haunts and would-be-haunts, and ecstatically overjoyed for something that converted all of the stupid markup rules between the various sites and got that crap right.

But really I want one of these sites to let me get some sort of syndication process so that I can know when one of my friends updates a status and open up their identity systems so that I can let users on their service have access to particular entries of my own and to get the hell out of my way otherwise.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-03 21:10:53.436951+00 by: spc476

What? The major blogging tools don't support the Atom Blogging API? If they supported that, then you're about 90% of the way there. Just throw a front end that uses the posting syntax you like, then by using this API, post it to the various blogging sites.

But that would make too much sense, right?

#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-03 21:33:54.92247+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm not sure what the protocol is, but the LiveJournal API seems to work, and Facebook's is reputed to. I can't find anything that works with MySpace (everything that talks to that is based on screen scraping, and it changes too often for people to keep up), haven't heard anything from Martin over at LumberJocks, I don't know if anyone still cares at all about Friendster.

So... no, nobody's there yet, really.