You’re breaking up: portable web services

Micro Persuasion hits on something right: the mega websites are breaking up. That is, they’re breaking out APIs and widgets and what not so that users can take the services they need where they want them–onto their netvibes page maybe. Organizing their internet so they have the services they need in one spot, their spot. Not a big branded spot.


3 Responses to “You’re breaking up: portable web services”

  1. 1 hk3008
    April 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    On that note, consider one single consumer as a brand. Looking between myspace, facebook, linkedin, etc., you will often find different versions of each person. I understand the need for a difference between business professional and everyday personalities. But in everyday life, why represent yourself differently? Is it as simple as choosing different outfit styles on different days or does it run deeper: does it depend on who else is on the site? What the vibe of the site is? What else? What your mood is when building the persona?

  2. 2 bendy3008
    April 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    You’re right on with that, HK. There’s a concept in literary theory called the implied author. A book is written by an actual author, revision after revision, draft after draft, cigarette after cigarette, etc. But when you read it, it’s as if an implied author just wrote it all down in one evening.

    The implied author is way smarter and better than the actual author. And I wonder if there’s something similar with these profile pages. Some people really put a lot of work into them–how “spontaneous” and “unpracticed” and “real” are these personas at all?

  3. 3 jes150
    April 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Saw a blog post by David Armano titled “The Top 10 Made Up Words of Web 3.0” :
    # 10. Facehook
    When you write catchy lines or clever comments in order to get more traffic on Facebook.
    “If I want more friends, I really need a Facehook—something to draw them in…”

    Humorous, but I think it does touch on this topic of what people put out there to draw people in to their sites, whether personal or for business. Is what we’re saying real anymore, or just some sort of tagline to portray who we want to be to the masses? Or to see how many friends we can get on Facebook…?

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