or – A feature agnostic look at F8 2011; steps in the same direction
Another F8, another set of powerful new features, and yet I’m not surprised by any of them. I’m not saying I predicted them (I didn’t) but the announcements are typical of what I see as a clear pattern in Facebook’s evolution.
Without discussing specific features, the pattern of Facebook’s ‘progress’ typically adheres to these traits:
- More connections;
- Less friction;
- Deeper integration.
That’s Facebook marketing language. I interpret these traits follows:
- More data;
- Less opportunity for users to think;
- Placing Facebook at the centre of the Web.
Yes, I’m a cynic. Did you not know?
Wot no geo?
I’ve been saying to people that I’m not too excited about the announcements from F8 last week. I suppose this is because I was expecting the announcement that many were – that Facebook would launch a geolocation service. I still expect they will (even if it’s by way of acquisition). With 400 times the user base of Foursquare, just imagine how much faster they could build their ‘places’ database than the numerous firms all racing to do so; and what a valuable chunk of data that would be too.
Well, we didn’t get that announcement, but it’s taken a few days to dawn on me that geolocation is only one part of a much bigger picture – and that announcement we did get. It’s the Open Graph.