i’ve written a guest post at mashable debating whether ping.fm and similar sites are helping fix our fragmented networks or worsening the fragmentation.
ping.fm finally announced its open beta today and not everyone is rejoicing. when i first started monitoring these services that allow you to send messages across multiple platforms i was happy. i thought, like many people still do, that these services would unite us with friends and colleagues that are using different social networks, without everyone having to move their profiles to the same service. after watching people use these services for a few months now, I’ve changed my mind.