Monday, March 24, 2008

John McCrea - Open vs. Walled Garden: A Topic Taken Up by the Economist

In the March 19th print edition of the venerable The Economist, they take up the hot topic of social networking’s open future and the implications up that for Facebook. The piece, “Online Social Networks: Everywhere and nowhere,” takes up the vision recently articulated by Forrester’s Charlene Li that social networking will become a ubiquitous feature of the open Social Web:

“We will look back to 2008 and think it archaic and quaint that we had to go to a destination like Facebook or LinkedIn to be social,” says Charlene Li at Forrester Research, a consultancy. Future social networks, she thinks, “will be like air. They will be anywhere and everywhere we need and want them to be.”


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