Facebook goes open
The implications of this decision are huge and dovetail with some of my thoughts last fall. I’m excited to see an open network emerge, as both a consumer of social media and an observer of competitive strategy in the sector. I wonder if MySpace will be forced to change its current position on third-party widgets? If Facebook’s rate of growth accelerates further, I think it will.
I’d even venture to agree with Paul Allen (not that one) that Facebook has a real shot at becoming the largest social network and the next great public internet company.
I’ve really wanted to find a “general purpose” social network that I like, one which “plays well” with other vertical applications. Given its new commitment to an open approach, I’ll be spending more time on Facebook, and I expect many others will too.
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