Facebook formally announced the launch Open Graph, a series of application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers to integrate Facebook into web sites all across the web. In essence this allows any web page to become integrated into the fabric of Facebook. The implication here is if all web sites are connected through Facebook the utility and usefulness of Google becomes diminished. While this sounds ominous, it is unlikely that it will play out this way. There are many roadblocks in the way of an all Facebook web, not the least of which are the litany of privacy issues that emerge (something Facebook is notoriously bad at addressing). But it is interesting to see the titans clash over the future of the web.
(Submitted by Helen)