Embedded Journalism

I want you to place the text of this blog post on your own site. But I don’t want you to do it just by copying and pasting it into your own blogging tool. I think there might be a different way to do it.

Now, I probably obsess over embedded objects and copying and pasting even more than most geeks. When I attended the recent Graphing Social Patterns conference, one of my great frustrations is that people are talking about platforms like Facebook and OpenSocial and MySpace and widgets, but they’re leaving out fundamentals like copy and paste. It’s a basic capability, but none of these platforms address even basic interoperability for the applications that are built on top of them.

I don’t know how we get there; I’ve written in the past about reinventing copy and paste, Live Clipboard, Ajax Linking and Embedding, and more.

Despite all these developments, what’s actually taken off with real users is the plain old browser and operating system’s copy-and-paste, combined with or