Facebook takes your information and hoards it. Facebook lets you connect with your friends, but not really great ways to manage them. Facebook lets you join groups and then makes it hard to ever find them. Facebook is rather annoying that way.
Today David Recordon said in O’Reilly Radar that he thinks the doors shall fly open and Facebook will join the ranks for the enlightened.
Stranger things have happened.
I am not nay-saying here.
I see David’s logic as quite solid.
But who says business is logical?
Facebook is a company with an energetic, driven staff that firmly believes in the company and its mission. But what if they believe they have to choose between the company and its mission.
What if a faction at Facebook sees openness as a threat to the organization?
I guarantee you, these are the conversations happening in Facebook’s Palo Alto glass block right now. How much openness is too much? How does Facebook retain its identity if they can be an non-credited information source for other applications?
I have answers to these questions and you might too. But what answers are being put forth from the Facebook corporate culture? That is what will drive its openness.
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