Dave Winer, one of the godfathers of blogging, is working on a tool to sync Facebook with other blogging platforms.
He writes that he’s taken some flak for this. Facebook? The privacy-crushing, soul-sucking digital overlord Facebook?
Yet here were are, on Facebook.
Winer writes, I think, a sensible and heartfelt explanation: Blogging is fading, Facebook is winning.
Also, although cross-posting to Facebook from blogging platforms such as Wordpress and Tumblr is already common and easy, his project aims for something that isn’t: two-way sync. So if you make a change to a post on Facebook, the change is saved to your external blog as well.
Although that may not bring about a resurgence in blogging, it sounds like a useful feature for those of us who still bother. I also feel the yin-yang pull of Facebook. It’s where people are. But I’d still like my own space and an archive of my posts. I’m not ready to live entirely in a Facebook world, but like Winer I value the connections it offers. I’ve also written before about one other thing I like about Facebook: it works. That seems obvious, but for me it isn’t trivial.