Every program attempts to expand until it becomes a social network

Ludovic just extended Jamie Zawinski law of software from “Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail” to “Every program attempts to expand until it becomes a social network”.

I agree with Ludovic: It is time for a distributed solution. A very simple API which allows you, given a user, to list the people this user follows. The Google Social Graph API and some of the identity consolidation work that services like FriendFeed do should help accelerate that.

Finally, this is an opportunity for twitter and linkedin to step up and show leadership (specially twitter who has both data and understands the value of simplicity).

The next few months are going to be interesting.

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