Amazon has shown in the past few weeks that it is ready to take Kindle to the next level. Not only have it introduced a great device in Kindle 2.0, it has brought Kindle to the iPhone community. But what Amazon not tapped into yet is the power of the social media. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter are growing fast, and there are tons of people whom Amazon can reach out to in these communities. As I have mentioned before, taking Kindle social is the best way to take the platform to the very next level. It’s true that the Kindle software may not be ready to take on both Twitter and Facebook at this point, but that doesn’t mean Amazon shouldn’t try.
Facebook Connect is an innovative service by the guys behind Facebook that makes it possible for publishers and application developers to connect with their audience and make their works viral. Facebook Connect has just been released for the iPhone platform, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how it can help Amazon grow the Kindle community.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could connect your Kindle to your Facebook account (just like you do with your Amazon account?). I bet it would be nice if you could tell your Facebook followers what you are reading on your Kindle and even share a few snippets with them. How about using the Facebook platform to develop a reading list for yourself based on what your friends are reading/recommending? How about sharing ideas with other Facebook users who are reading the same work as you are on their Kindles?
The opportunities are limitless here. Will we see Kindle on Facebook? Absolutely. The Kindle software is still primitive at best. Amazon may need to make drastic changes to Kindle software to make it social-media ready. But at this point it look inevitable that we will see Amazon get involved with Facebook and Twitter (and other social media sites) soon. How soon? That’s the million dollar question.
Your take: would you like to see Amazon connect Kindle with Facebook and Twitter?