March 30, 2018
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A new Twitter trademark application for the phrase "The Future of Identity" hints that the social media giant is planning big things for APIs and SDKs related to identity.
Social networks have erupted in popularity in the last 15 years; companies like Myspace and LinkedIn soon became household names. Today, facebook has over 800 million active users and counting. It quickly became clear that social networks could be used for more than connecting with friends; they could connect employees, community groups, and the unemployed with potential employers. Today, companies like GROU.PS, allow for easy creation of personalized networks that allow anyone to create their own social sites. With the GROU.PS API information from GROU.PS sites can easily be integrated into existing platforms.
There isn't just one social graph, there are many. LinkedIn maintains your professional contacts, while Facebook has friends and family (and yes, often many professional). Twitter has some mix, as well, perhaps with a different filter. Aggregators take these disparate contacts and bring them into one place. A new service uses several APIs to merge them and give tools to better understand and utilize your network of contacts.