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Elizabeth Brown Scholarly Communications and Library Grants Officer Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Materials Science Librarian Binghamton University Libraries Binghamton, New York email@example.com Copyright 2009, Elizabeth Brown. Used with permission. The current landscape of scholarly communications is an environment in metamorphosis.
Microblogging service Twitter's habit of playing fast and loose with user passwords may be coming to an end, if a technical trial started today can be successfully implemented by its development team. Earlier this month, the company saw the accounts of users from Barack Obama to Fox News to Britney Spears get "hacked. " More importantly, millions of Twitter users hand out their passwords to strangers every day, because there's no other way to access the fabulous ecosystem of applications built on top of the famous Twitter data platform, or API. Today Twitter opened up trial access to a new user sign-in protocol for third party developers - until it was swamped by demand and the trial was closed just two hours later.
Six Apart has launched a preview of a new product called “ Motion ” that brings together a number of the year’s hottest trends – microblogging, aggregation, and portable identities – into one software package that is installed server side for users of Movable Type. As you can see in the sample below, Motion features a simple blog editor for quickly posting text, images, or video. The blog itself contains not just updates you post, but also updates from third-party services like Flickr, YouTube, and Twitter. Beyond that, Motion comes off-the-shelf with support for Facebook Connect, Google Friend Connect, and OpenID, meaning that in Movable Type’s words, “there are half a billion web users who can comment or vote on your content without hitting a registration barrier.” On the surface, Motion is an intriguing product – something I’d love to have running on my personal site as opposed to being limited to standard blog posts – which tend to be few and far between.