Iain Dodsworth, a British Web 2.0 technologist, has just pulled in seed funding for his Tweetdeck application. I’ve been playing about with this recently as it’s a good way to get to grips with Adobe Air – a way of running Web-type applications away from the browser. TweetDeck allows you to split your twitter tweets into streams of content based on groups or topics which you control. Interesting to see that in these benighted times there is still some technology venture capital action. And it’s nice to see that not all Web 2.0 related stuff is being conceived and built in California.
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Just in case you’re interested my editorial for the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science has just appeared in their December issue. It is called “All That Glisters Is Not Gold – Web 2.0 and the Librarian” and is also available as a pdf from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). A lot of it is based on my recent Web 2.0 report but I have aimed this more squarely at librarians and information science professionals.
There seems to be a steady trickle of whizzy little apps that manage one’s public persona in Web 2.0 applications. I recently noted the MoodBlast tool, but the latest, Second Friends, allows you to import your Second Life avatar details into your Facebook profile and comes courtesy of EduServe’s Andy Powell (via his Second Life alter ego Art Fossett).
By creating an open Applications Programming Interface (API), Facebook is encouraging this kind of innovation on top of its core product. Andy Powell’s widget could be the first stage of a larger development where you can control your avatar in Second Life, from within Facebook.
This got me thinking. Increasingly a real person is represented online by a variety of virtual personae, aspects of which are filtered through different applications.
Somebody, somewhere, probably in a back bedroom, is building some kind of amalgamating, persona application that allows easy control of all these aspects from one handy desktop widget. This would be a true identity mash-up.