The following article by VizEdu explains the facebook connect service here at Facebook Connect Explained. Accompanied are some motion graphics that go through the process. Its a worthwhile blog to follow as there are some nice visual representations of concepts and memes that are topical.
Nice write up according to readwriteweb about the Top 10 Web Platforms of 2008 – ReadWriteWeb. Mentioned in the post are the TwitterAPI, Adobe Air, Google’s OpenSocial, the iPhoneSDK amongst others. Also published at the end is the 10 most unlucky ones not to make the cut. It is a good site and one for the bookmarks.
The Guardian has put together a list of what it considers the best sites of the year. A lot of them you’ll know if you spend far too much time looking around the internet for the next best thing. Some interesting ones are the Dabbledb which allows you to create databases out of spreadsheets and change them on the fly to create dynamic views. Monitter which is a live search/monitoring service for Twitter – you type in keywords you want to track and away it goes. But then again there’s a myriad of twitter products cropping up all over the place at the moment. They breakdown the categories into social, news, photos, video, offbeat etc…
Have a look and rate yourself to how clued in you are when it comes to whats perceived to be in vogue at the moment.
Below is embedded a report drawn up by Peter Kim who is a former Forrester researcher on social media with a set of predictions for 2009. In it he discusses the coming trends and forecasts with some of the well known voices on the social media circuit, such as Chris Brogan, Jeremiah Owyang, Charlene Li and whole raft of others.
In Peter’s Blog you can get a summary of what some of these say.