Walled Gardens

Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week.

Quotable Moments:

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. ~ Carl Rogers” – via @timbuckteeth

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. ~ Coco Chanel” – via @transarchitect

@flowchainsensei – “Projects” are no way to run a railway – or any other kind of business, for that matter.

Audience question about IBM Connect during Lotusphere 2012Did you evaluate enterprise LMS [learning management systems] before you built this?” A, “No, we began with how people learn.” – via @marciamarcia

Maps only get you so far:

@upriver_ca – If you were going to be thrown into a fast-moving river, would you rather have a map or a canoe?

Much of the world of management is built around drawing maps. And maps are wonderful things if the things that the map represents are manageable. All too often we confuse the map with the terrain, though, and we imagine that while many leaders would like the map, many of those in the water would prefer the canoe.

Walled Gardens:

@MarkFederman – “re: Apple/iTunes becoming de facto textbook gatekeeper. Given their walled garden/control mentality, this is very concerning.”

Jaron Lanier: The False Ideals of the Web – via @jhagel

The obvious strategy in the fight for a piece of the advertising pie is to close off substantial parts of the Internet so Google doesn’t see it all anymore. That’s how Facebook hopes to make money, by sealing off a huge amount of user-generated information into a separate, non-Google world. Networks lock in their users, whether it is Facebook’s members or Google’s advertisers.

Wired – Dirty Little Secrets: The Trouble With Social Search

Still, this potentially marks a real transformation to the way we have looked for information on the web, one with real winners and losers. It also signals a real danger to the balance of power between users and megacompanies. We are increasingly moving from a bottom-up web, where users vote with their links, keyboards and their clicks to show what’s relevant to them, to a top-down web where that’s doubly or triply mediated by browsers, search engines and social networks.

Oopsie! The Audacious iBooks Author EULA – via @nwinton

Apple, in this EULA [end user license agreement], is claiming a right not just to its software, but to its software’s output. It’s akin to Microsoft trying to restrict what people can do with Word documents, or Adobe declaring that if you use Photoshop to export a JPEG, you can’t freely sell it to Getty. As far as I know, in the consumer software industry, this practice is unprecedented. I’m sure it’s commonplace with enterprise software, but the difference is that those contracts are negotiated by corporate legal departments and signed the old-fashioned way, with pen and ink and penalties and termination clauses. A by-using-you-agree-to license that oh by the way asserts rights over a file format? Unheard of, in my experience.


One Response to “Walled Gardens”

  1. Henry Jaffe

    My compliments on this site. I share your “love” of vendor ecosystems and their often blatantly hierarchically controlled”social” agendae. I believe more organic, spontaneous community constructs around vendor products, driven more by the ecopsystem members and less by the vendors, would lead to better products. I think a key success factor lies in community health which is a function of managing the communities, and the role of community manager and reputation in doing so.


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