There is a bunch of buzz today about a New York Times article which covers the ramp up in Facebook Connect sites launching. It has sparked a dialogue among a few about data portability and what the future holds. I’m not quite sure if the New York Times article is a sign of an impending public release of Facebook Connect or if the story is really that a few pre-announced partner sites are preparing to launch their sites.
Whatever the case is, Facebook Connect has continued to rollout on a number of sites over the past month and that trend will continue. Almost a month ago Facebook announced that they would begin accepting site submissions. Unfortunately since then we have had few updates on the status of site submissions and what developers’ experience had been.
So far none of the sites mentioned in the New York Times article appear to have live versions of Facebook Connect. Mike Arrington is saying that yesterday was the day that Facebook began making their full court press on the media but the only indication we’ve seen of that is the New York Times article. Congrats to Facebook on a large print article in the New York Times, I’m sure it’s well deserved!
One interesting tidbit coming out of Arrington’s article is that Twitter is going to hold off on MySpace Data Portability integration until they have rolled out their Facebook Connect support. I’m not sure what additional benefits their will be over the existing Twitter Facebook application. It’s clear that the battle for major partners is ramping up and so far the clear winner is Facebook as no large partners have publicly rolled out their implementation of MySpace’s previously announced Data Portability service.
If most partners decide to use Facebook Connect over MySpace’s service, Google’s Friend Connect service is going to face an uphill battle expanding its reach. When Facebook rolled out their platform last year, they became the default social platform for developers. That trend looks like it will continue as social networks race to expand their identity management service to the rest of the web.