Google says they reached out to Facebook…

Google’s Vic Gundotra just told us that Google has reached out to all the major players to try to get them on board with this new platform. Including Facebook. But for now it’s clear that everyone BUT Facebook is on board.

Write apps once, run them everywhere but Facebook


That’s what just happened.

Google and MySpace just dropped a major bomb on Facebook: they are joining forces to build a new social networking application platform that overnight will be considered the standard.

Chris, CEO of MySpace, about why open approach.

Joe from Flixter denotes why this is SO HUGE: his app will run anywhere that the OpenSocial platform is running. Plaxo. Ning. NewsGator. MySpace. No rewriting of apps.

One thing. Those apps now will run everywhere BUT Facebook.

MySpace joins Google's open social announcement

TechCrunch and others are reporting that Google and MySpace are joining forces on the open social platform that Google has developed.

Let’s just say this is HUGE and totally validates what I said in my social media starfish talk yesterday.

UPDATE: I’m at Google right now in the press conference and this is confirmed.

I’m sitting in a press conference with TechCrunch, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and many other press.

More in a few minutes.

UPDATE: Chris DeWolfe, CEO of MySpace, says “This will create the new defacto standard.”

Microsoft vs. Mozilla in ECMAScript debate, Part II

Words are heating up between Mozilla’s Brendan Eich (he’s the chief technical officer at Mozilla Corporation, the folks who bring us Firefox) and Microsoft’s Chris Wilson in the debate over the proposed ECMAScript 4th Edition. We haven’t heard the last of this and it’s interesting to see this play out in the public square. I’m scheduled to do some interviews already with Mozilla. Would love to have more to cover this issue more completely. I first reported on this friction on my blog last night and some of the comments there have been interesting.

UPDATE: I should have given credit to Ric of OpenAjax for starting this off and helping me see the conflict brewing here.

Facebook kicks political blogger off

Jon Swift is a popular political blogger who has gotten kicked off Facebook for not using his real name. In his post he makes a good point: Bob Dylan couldn’t be on Facebook either. Well, at least Fake Steve Jobs can’t get on Facebook. Maybe not, there’s a ton of fake Bill Gates accounts that haven’t gotten deleted.

UPDATE: Facebook restored Jon’s account. Here’s the email he got from Facebook:

Hi Jon,
Upon further review, we have decided to reactivate your account. Our Terms of Use, to which all users agree when they first sign up for the site, stipulate that you must not “impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent yourself, your age or your affiliation with any person or entity.” However, since others on the site seem to know you by this name, and since you don’t appear to be using the name to impersonate or to hide your identity, we have determined that you are not violating these Terms. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.
Thanks for your understanding,
Customer Support Representative