Marc Canter isecstatic about the social media tools created by Matt McAllister at Yahoo. I must that I have mixed feelings. I do not like that service providers point me to services they selected. I want to make the selection myself. But I guess that is what Marc is talking about: opening up the chiclets, buttons, bookmarklets, etc.
So what do we need? It seems that one can add to each web-page a standard set of Web-services, such as print-this, bookmark-this, email-this, etc. This can be handled either through a standard configurable set of bookmarklets or even incorporated into the web-browser somehow.
But we also get a set of standard web-services around each MicroContent Item within a web-page. Each MicroContent Item should be accompanied with an operations pull-down menu indicated by a standard icon, such as: . Under that pull-down can be put a set of standard services, such as save-item, reblog-item, print-item, etc. I see here a task for the browser supplier as well. A browser should be able to identify embedded MicroContent items (microformat or structured blogging) and present the possible operations under an alt-click.
Anyway it is an important development in creating the MicroWeb, whatever solution is adopted. But let’s try to generalise and open up as much is possible.