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Friday, October 19, 2007

Industry Note: Next-Gen Platform Competition

So, for the last month, I've been analyzing the next-gen economics of platforms - and arguing that all the debate about who'll win the Facebook warz is meaningless; just sound and fury.

You can read the notes for the analyses - today, you should note that, unsurprisingly, Google agrees.

Still think the F8 pseudo-platform is sustainable? It's not. Guess what this means for Facebook - yet another player (the master of next-gen strategy, no less) willing to compete on openness. Oh noes.

-- umair // 9:47 AM // 4 comments



would love to have a serious debate with you over the argument I made against you here :

(I sent an email, but don't know if it's still valid.)


phil jones
// Blogger Composing // 8:56 PM

hey phil,

that's an interesting post - i enjoyed reading it.

the error you make is to conflate open vs closed with public vs private. think about it for a while - open != public.

thx for the comment.
// Blogger umair // 11:14 AM


I can understand the difference *conceptually*.

I just can't see how it can be done in practice.

I mean I can't imagine a *technological* solution that would give the users sufficient control over their privacy that doesn't require closedness from the yasn-as-platform owner.
// Blogger Composing // 11:48 AM

Although re: federated privacy, maybe this is in the right direction.
// Blogger Composing // 12:03 PM

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