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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

4 responses to “1990s Called And Wanted Their AOL Back”

  1. Aswath Rao

    Scoble is misframing his arguments and I would like to caution you that don’t fall into his semantic trap. Public social networks and “open web” are not the real opposing choices for average users. Public social networks are attractive because “open web” is not appropriate for sharing private content with select group of friends. They want to control who can access their data. Superficially, public social networks seem to offer this with the friending ritual. It is indeed unfortunate that most of the users are not cognizant of the fact that these public social networks undermine their primary desire.

    At the same time, the answer can not be blogs and RSS, since the current implementations do not allow for controlled access. Agreed that blogs can control access, but how to ensure RSS aggregators will maintain the exclusivity? So a preferred alternative must allow for a “walled garden”, where the walls are erected by each individual user. Ownership and portability of data follows this primary requirement.

  2. Owen

    Guess I’m more cynical than that. Scoble’s recent rants all have a very heavy scent of bought-and-paid-for support of Google+. I’m stunned anyone pays attention to him anymore to be honest.

    I think the real reason we have all these services mushrooming up and people prepared to try them and try them is actually that nobody has built the right solution yet. Facebook was a step toward something new but it isn’t smart about what you want to do. Same with Google+.

    There is still room for someone to figure out how to seamlessly be open when you want to be open and private with flexibility when you want to be private. It could be a meta-toll lying on top of existing successful services or it could be a new tool.