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  • nmw 15:55:27 on 2016/07/07 Permalink
    Tags: , online publishing, , , , web, web publishing   

    Arguments for + against Proprietary Publishing Platforms 

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    Via Ma.tt: 🙂

    Here are just few other considerations for any proprietary platform:

    Can your content be easily exported from the platform if you decide to stop using it, or if they decide to pivot?
    Can you collect email subscribers, and can they be easily exported from the platform should you decide to move?
    Can you syndicate your content, in full, via feeds like RSS?
    Can you dictate the terms of when your followers see your content, or are you subject to the whims of algorithmic surfacing?
    When a visitor comes to your site, is your name or brand the hero? Or is it the platform’s brand?
    Do you have control over the comments section and who gets a voice in your world?

    What to Consider When the Platforms Show Up with Money

  • nmw 11:26:52 on 2014/06/04 Permalink
    Tags: brand, branding, , container, , espionage, externalities, externality, governance, government, illiteracy, industrial espionage, , language, , privacy, , , spy, spyware, trademark, trademarks, web, Wisdom of the Language, World-Wide Web   

    “As long as the secret courts are making sure the secret police obey the secret laws, our democracy is safe” 

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    That quote is from a wonderful and entertaining presentation recommended by Matt Mullenweg. Some more “quoteworthy” quotes:

    • The only way to keep user information safe is not to store it.
    • These are all situations where users who were rigorous about keeping their online and real identity separate found themselves kneecapped by a service that suddenly violated its promise of privacy.

    However, the conclusion is unfortunately weak. I would call this problem “Schrödinger’s Web”: You cannot measure, assess, or correct the failing vitality of the Web on the level of content — you can only do this at the level of the container… and IMHO the problem at the container level is mostly down to the widespread illiteracy among users (which providers such as Google and Facebook actually aim to exploit). My campaign slogan for a better fix (or rather against this crappy fix) would be: Don’t even attempt to solve externalities from “thinking inside the box”.

  • nmw 20:52:59 on 2014/04/08 Permalink
    Tags: app, application, applications, apps, , , smartphone, smartphones, web   

    Mobile (Smartphone) Apps are SecondLife 2.0 

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    That’s what I thought when I saw the recent data re: web content vs. mobile apps. In a guest post on Matt Mullenweg’s blog, Ben Thompson makes a similar point:

    I already find the idea of being constrained to any one channel for reading to be laughably old-fashioned. And yet, that’s exactly what an app is: a single channel for one publisher’s content. Contrast this to the web, where any given piece is available instantly by simply clicking a link.

    via http://ma.tt/2014/04/the-web-matters/

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