While at Sony in 1994, I was sent to Virginia to learn how to build a Sony “app” on AOL (the #3 online service, behind Compuserve & Prodigy at the time) using AOL’s proprietary “rainman” platform.
Fast forward to Facebook 2007 and see similarities: If you want access to their big base of users, develop something in their proprietary language for their people who live in their walled garden.
I had wondered when Facebook came up with its platform news, whether it intended to be an Internet on Internet. Let me be accurate – a Closed Internet on the Open One. Is that good? I personally feel like seeing a new Microsoft. Of course I am a member of Facebook, but I am sure whether out of choice or compulsion. It is closed and walled!
So is iPhone. Not only closed, but secretive. Robert Scoble says that secrecy gets fantastic PR and probably a lot of hype too. Facebook is good and Facebook users are happy, but like Kottke says, should everyone else be happy about it? Closed sure creates hype, but I want to learn more, would it be able to sustain it?