I pulled this from another thread on Facebook, because I think it’s an important idea, that isn’t being factored into a lot of people’s thinking. In all my conversations with Facebook people, this is the idea we agree on. So if you think Facebook is all locked up, well they say otherwise. Maybe I’m a fool. I’ve been wrong before. But…

26 Sep

I pulled this from another thread on Facebook, because I think it’s an important idea, that isn’t being factored into a lot of people’s thinking. In all my conversations with Facebook people, this is the idea we agree on. So if you think Facebook is all locked up, well they say otherwise. Maybe I’m a fool. I’ve been wrong before. But…

Ultimately the killer idea would be for Facebook to federate. Let me put my content on my server, to be part of whatever networks I want it to be part of, and at the same time also be on Facebook. That combination imho would create an infinite number of competitors to Facebook. Funny thing is I think they’re actually doing this. Why? Where do you think the kickass new ideas for networking will come from? From a service operating at Facebook’s scale or from something new that gets a chance to iterate, to start small, and get to some new place. If you know how technology develops, you know that only the latter approach has a chance of working. I’ve been waiting for a platform vendor to get to the stage Facebook is at now, and realize that they’ll do better if they plant the seeds for successors of their current product, and make sure they have a good seat from which to observe. Then keep the checkbook out, and make investments and acquisitions, and help distribute the products that achieve critical mass (in this day, distribution means operating huge data centers).

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