As with all of my posts, be sure to click on the link above to check out the source article. I just want to take a minute to talk about the new tool that Facebook has introduced, which allows for you to integrate your WordPress blog with your Facebook timeline. More and more, companies are realizing the importance of interoperability with different companies and their tools. For example, Spotify (one of the biggest online music streaming services) offers a free and open API (application programming interface) to developers so that the they can create a better overall service to their customers. As a result, they are creating a one-stop shop for customers and all of their music demands. Customers can now login to the service and get music recommendations from companies like Last.fm, Rolling Stone, or Pitchfork. In a very similar fashion, Facebook has opened their App Store so developers can create useful applications for their customers. Since so many people spend a large amount of their online time on Facebook, it’s in the best interest of other companies to create applications that bring them closer to their customers through Facebook. On the flip side, it’s in Facebook’s best interest to keep more people on their website for as long as possible. As a part of that, it is in their best interest to create tools like the WordPress tool in order to bring WordPress users closer to the Facebook ecosystem more often. Although this particular announcement isn’t all that groundbreaking, I expect to see more announcements of integration with other web services from Facebook in the future. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to click the “Leave a Comment” box below.
First off, be sure to check out the article from Business News Daily above. I just want to take a minute to give my two cents(no pun intended) on the transformation to mobile wallets in the banking industry. As most of you already know, many banks offer mobile wallet services that give us the ability to check balances, transfer funds, and sometimes deposit checks. I do all of my banking through USAA, which doesn’t have any physical banking locations, but provides outstanding online and phone customer service. I can do virtually anything from the mobile application, short of withdrawing cash. I’m sure there are many banks that are similar, and it’s becoming much more common for large and small banks to provide this service. What I’m trying to say is that now is an extremely important time for banks. More and more, it’s becoming standard practice for banks to offer a mobile wallet. If banks (especially the large ones) are unwilling to provide this option to their customers, they seriously risk getting left behind in the transition to mobile banking. Let me know your opinion on the relationship between banks and the mobile wallet. Without the option to have a mobile wallet through your bank would you be willing to have one through a service like Paypal or Google Wallet?
Although I spend a lot of time on the Internet, this is my FIRST time ever writing a blog post. This is partly because it’s mandatory, but also because I never felt like I had anything significant to blog about. Now I have the opportunity to submit posts about things in which I’m truly interested. So, I intend to maintain this blog throughout my time at Temple(at the very least), where I’ll post topics and articles that I find interesting, and I’ll be sure to provide my thoughts and ideas about each. If you have any thoughts or questions about any of my posts, feel free to tell me what you think in the “Comments” section. Wish me luck!