I recounted this morning how Zuckerberg is being given the royal treatment.
On this day of Memorializing our dead soldiers, lets rejoice in thanking Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.
Marc's PeopleAggregator voice, however, rejoices: "This is the summer of Facebook!"
How so, in "Marc's voice":
Microsoft and Amazon wouldn’t have supported it - if they didn’t think it was coolio.
And we ALL want open platforms - so we can freely do what we wanna do.
YAY! Power to the people! But NOT in the Facebook world, alas.
Ivan Pope has done a similar analysis of the Terms Of Service for Developers aiming to ride the purported Facebook Web gravy train, in a post entitled "Working with Facebook F8: You are not in control of your access." Bottom line:
Gives a lie to the idea that developers have free access to this platform and the situation is so much better than in MySpace.
I would say that Facebook has looked at MySpace and learned a lesson: There are a lot of developers at the gates. The have built a platform that seems to open up their world in an exciting way. But they retain their fingers on the levers of power and they will exercise those levers as mercilessly as MySpace when the time comes. That is their right and the correct course of action. I just don't think we should believe the free access hype at this point.
AND, the personal data power to the Facebook people hype shouldn't be believed, either.