Facebook Powered Web

April 29th, 2010 byVizarro Leave a reply »

A new data model for the web is unfolding. It has been in the Facebook labs for some time. Participating sites are now integrating this model on their sites and rapidly building up relationships the so-called connections (e.g., friend relationships, shared content, and photo tags) and diving into the social graph, a representation of our relationships. This has a magnetic effect for the web at large. When a site’s visitor log into such participating sites, brings their connections/relationships to the site which will indirectly bring up the connections through content recommendations, friend’s activity, news feed, and status message notices. This shows how fast people are climbing to the same tree, the new Facebook data model and branch out and reach out to their networks of friends and connect with other Facebook objects such as photos, events, and fan pages.

Recently, it has also been rumored that Facebook is getting more popular than Google at least in the U.S. It’s partly because of online social connections are growing faster and widely spreading games such as farmville, partly Facebook plays on a more semantic, smarter web that creates a real online interaction with people. It seems that we are heading toward not Facebook but Facebook platform centered web, which means a lot of our important content we want to share, connections, and what matters us most hit Facebook than any other social site or simply any site in the future. Are you ready?

Facebook's Connections-based Web

Very soon, the Facebook platform is going to be the epicenter of the new web (in my opinion) should the new system is embraced with open hands by most constitutions and it will bring such an impact that never happened in the last two decades. Once the connections, relationships and objects are all related, established and intertwined, it is going be so easy to find the information you look for at your fingertips. You may not need to use keywords, rather you may trust the opinion of your friends/online relationships that you are connected with and care to pick up what you want, to choose out of many options. As Facebook’s Bret Taylor puts it in his blog, the underlying graph of connections just needs to be mapped in a way that makes it easy to use and interoperable.