it’s anti-monopolist

12:56 | 03-07-2013 | Facebook, Google, Internet, Software, Twitter | No Comments

Марко Армент написал хорошую статью вслед почившему Google Reader, и вот, что особенно привлекло мое внимание:

Google Reader is just the latest casualty of the war that Facebook started, seemingly accidentally: the battle to own everything. While Google did technically “own” Reader and could make some use of the huge amount of news and attention data flowing through it, it conflicted with their far more important Google+ strategy: they need everyone reading and sharing everything through Google+ so they can compete with Facebook for ad-targeting data, ad dollars, growth, and relevance.

RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself. It allows anyone, large or small, to build something new and disrupt anyone else they’d like.

или еще проще:

[T]he big players <...> want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).

так логично мы и приходим к вопросу о доверии:

I think that the presence or absence of an RSS feed (whether I actually use it or not) is a good litmus test for how a service treats my data.

  • Instagram doesn’t provide an RSS feed of my uploaded photos.
  • Twitter doesn’t provide an RSS feed of my tweets.
  • Facebook doesn’t provide an RSS feed of my band’s updates

It might be that RSS is the canary in the coal mine for my data on the web.

If those services don’t trust me enough to give me an RSS feed, why should I trust them with my data?



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