Sunday, December 6, 2009

Facebook-Yahoo deal could promote content sharing by other Web sites

An agreement between Facebook and Yahoo to allow users to blend content from the two sites has big implications for "cloud computing."

The deal, announced last week, will make it easier for users to read their friends' Facebook posts or update their own Facebook status from Yahoo. Facebook content will be available across Yahoo properties, including its Flickr photo service. It's of course a two-way street, allowing people to display their Yahoo content on Facebook as well.

For Yahoo, it's an extension of a strategy the company started implementing earlier this year when it added "applications" to the Yahoo front page that allow users a peek at data from Yahoo and non-Yahoo accounts, including Gmail, eBay and Facebook.

It's likely that deals like this will grow over time, perhaps to include integration with Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and other social networks.

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