Gnip aggregates social services

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Gnip: Grand Central Station for the Social Web – ReadWriteWeb

This is an interesting service making some really big claims architecturally. In fact the more I think about it, the more impossible it seems. Gnip is trying to become the hub for some really interactive sites. Piping all that data through their service and keeping up with all the changing APIs seems like a nightmare. Not to mention securing the requests and managing session keys…

I did have a related idea a few years ago about creating a unified (mostly read-only) interface to (non-personal) data provided by a multitude Web services. I will revisit that idea now that there the number of available datasources has multiplied 10 (or 100) fold.

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