The Social Media landscape changes so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the top stories from the field, distilled into a minute's worth of scanning.

Gnip: 'Making Data Portability Suck Less'

Gnip essentially provides a translation service between Web applications and consumers. Applications send their data into the Gnip system (via XMPP, Atom, RSS, REST), and it comes out the other side via REST (other formats to follow). As ReadWriteWeb put it, "Gnip wants to serve as the grand central station and universal translation service for the new social web." "The primary service that Gnip offers at launch today is to capture user data updates from any web application and then serve up the very latest information to anyone else who requests it." This sounds kind-of boring from a consumer perspective, but will enable more durable application and mash-up building throughout the fractured Social Media landscape, not to mention enabling better integration of such products across the gamut of Web applications. Check out : Open Source Twitter Clone

The big launch of the week came from, which is a microblogger and Web service built on an Open Source, GPL license. It looks like Twitter, it sounds like Twitter, it does what Twitter does. You log in with OpenID, which was always going to help with hitting its modest target of 1000 users in its first day. But if they had asked new users to crawl naked over glowing coals as part of the registration process, the fact is that the Twitter community is so tired of system failures and down-time at this stage, they were still going to swamp this microblogging baby. Know what else? stayed up. For more on this, go to Ross Mayfield’s post. And view this image of early adopter madness applied to the most-hyped service of the week.

Digg Recommendation Engine

Digg rolled out its Recommendation Engine, which pushes 'Upcoming' stories out to viewers based on their browsing habits. Diggers loved it: yet another way to waste time at work. Kevin Rose's Blog entry on the Recommend Engine.

InquisitrIQ and QBase

Duncan Riley launched a new, no-nonsense Blog aggregation service at InquisitrIQ. It's sorted according to blog rather than by story or subject, so you can see what the various blogosphere citidels are nattering away about at a glance. Includes rollover previews. This comes a couple of weeks after Inquisitr launched a user-edited company database called QBase, which led to mentor Michael Arrington and Riley falling out (as Arrington has long had the same idea at CrunchBase).

FriendFeed Comments Come Home to Roost with New MT Plugin

We were talking a while ago about how blog conversations are moving from the comments boards to centralized social hubs like FriendFeed. If you're running Movable Type, you can get that conversation streamed back to your blog with a nifty new plugin from Mark Carey. Check out the results here .

Tweets of the Week:

Dave Morin (Senior Platform Manager at Facebook): "The government should create open APIs for accessing all publically available government data. Then, let all of us create great UIs for it." FriendFeed discussion on this. Jeremiah Owyang, Forrester Analyst: "Overheard: "lottery is a tax for those who suck at math"” Link. LeoLaporte “My massage therapist and trainer both think I should be sitting on my ball more. Apparently my glutes aren't what they used to be.” Link.