Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 23:15 UTC
Internet & Networking "Twitter set off alarm bells across the web in recent weeks when it ended its partnership with LinkedIn and reiterated its warning that it would be cracking down on the terms of its API. The company didn't offer any explanation for why it removed tweets from LinkedIn, but speaking with sources familiar with the company's plans, The Verge has learned that major changes are coming in the next few months which will move Twitter from an open platform popular among independent developers towards a walled garden more akin to Facebook." If I can't use Boid, I'm not sure I would still use Twitter.
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Decentralized
by snowbender on Tue 10th Jul 2012 17:13 UTC
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2006-05-04

If a service like Twitter was invented 20 years ago, it would have been a decentralized service with an open protocol. Everyone would be able to run his own twitter service and all those "twitter" servers would be able to communicate with each other.

These days every big company needs to have its own closed social network with its own proprietary protocols.

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RE: Decentralized
by KLU9 on Tue 10th Jul 2012 22:08 in reply to "Decentralized"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

If a service like Twitter was invented 20 years ago, it would have been a decentralized service with an open protocol

What, kind of like Gopher? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopher_(protocol)#Stagnation

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RE: Decentralized
by zima on Thu 12th Jul 2012 17:50 in reply to "Decentralized"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

There were BBSs, FidoNet, giving not totally unlike kinds of service - also with public messages. Usenet not far from that, too.
Thing is... they were a bit of a mess (and, partly also because of that, rather niche)

OTOH, some very centralised, similar in nature services did exist 20+ years ago (12:30 in http://archive.org/details/frenchtech1 ), and probably saw much more adoption.
Network effects (the people, societal kinds) partly promote centralised stuff.

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