[foaf-protocols] XAuth: The Open Web Fires a Shot Against Facebook Connect

Kingsley Idehen kidehen at openlinksw.com
Tue Apr 20 02:56:52 CEST 2010

Melvin Carvalho wrote:
> A consortium of companies including Google, Yahoo, MySpace, Meebo and 
> more announced tonight that it will launch a new system on Monday that 
> will let website owners discover which social networks a site visitor 
> uses and prompt them automatically to log-in and share with friends on 
> those network. The system is called XAuth <http://xauth.org/> and 
> serves to facilitate cross-site authentication (logging in) for 
> sharing and potentially many other uses.
> 466diggsdiggFacebook and Twitter, the dominant ways people share links 
> with friends outside of email, are not participating.
> Consortium leader Meebo emphasized that it doesn't see this as 
> competition with Facebook's system for letting users share links from 
> around the web, but it's hard to see it any other way. Facebook 
> desperately needs more competition. Either way, XAuth is a good move 
> that people excited about online innovation should support.
> http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/xauth_is_this_everyone_else_against_facebook_conne.php
> Some that could be done with FOAF+SSL?
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Here is the spec: http://xauth.org/spec/

Basically, Code (FISH) vs Data (WINE), over an over again. Google thinks 
the anwser lies in code, while Microsoft is gradually making the switch 
to Structured Data .

Javascript within <head/> is not the solution.

You solve this problem with Structured Data as exemplified by FOAF+SSL.

Nothing stops a FOAF+SSL ACL policy from having temporal scope :-)



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