Facebook and Ping – this is WHY we need an open social web.
We’re hearing reports of people who had access to a Facebook Connect feature in Ping earlier, which didn’t work, and has since been removed. So it looks like Apple really did pull Facebook support for Ping very late in the game. It’s still even mentioned on the Ping promo page. (And, via Peter Kafka, here’s a link to the Ping app on Facebook, which doesn’t currently seem to work.)
This is exactly why the social web needs to be fully open. Right now you don’t need to execute a terms of service to index the web, to publish HTML, to link to websites. But you DO need to agree to a terms of service to use Twitter, Facebook, etc.
If you want to use them at SCALE or have a serious application (like Apple) these companies want you to execute custom terms of service to prevent you from getting kicked off their platform at some point in the future.
You’re basically a share cropper. You are making money while working on someone else’s property. If they want to charge you EXCESSIVE rent you’re either forced to pay it or you have to go out of business.
This is why protocols like Salmon, PuSH, OAuth. and Status.net are so important.
Hopefully in a few years we look back at this situation and laugh at how silly it was – WAY back in 2010 when the social web was proprietary.