It’s too late for Dave Winer and John Battelle to save the common web | Scobleizer

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The date was January 3, 2008. Facebook had kicked me off for running a script to try to save the common web.
See, I worked with Plaxo to run a simple script. One that would have taken my contacts out of Facebook and put them back into the common web. The script did some very simple things:
1. It grabbed all my friends names.
2. It grabbed all their phone numbers.
3. It grabbed all their email addresses.
4. It gave me a simple CSV file with all that data so I could bring them back to Google, or Microsoft, or anywhere else I wanted to put them.
Facebook’s answer was predictable. They shut me down.