By Dave Winer on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM.
Google-Plus might be wonderful. Some people, including my longtime friend Robert Scoble, love it.
The Google-Plus advocates say they don't want an API for posting because that would open the door to a harmful flood of tweets.
Says JR Holmes: "As a former user of the nearly abandoned Google Buzz, I know to well what happened when Google made it too easy to bring Tweets into their early social network." Read the rest of his post. It's worth understanding his point of view.
But now look where he put his ideas.
I wonder if that link will work in five years.
Why not put your ideas in your space and post a link to them in Google's. That seems the best of all possible worlds.
And Google, caring about data independence, and being a distant fourth to the three market leaders, might want to do something to upset the cart for the other guys. Like allow for the possibility that not all good content resides on their servers. Even embrace the idea.
The three leaders: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
Big companies have a way of walking away from their silos. We all know that by now. JR is talking about Buzz, which is a ghost town (I hear, I never go there).
I wrote in a comment in reply to JR over in Google's space and reproduced here:
"Maybe you haven't considered the good stuff that isn't making its way into the Googleverse because this door isn't open?
"I won't put anything more than a random comment into a corporate blogging silo like this without it flowing through my tools so I can archive it and publish it in my space too. The fact that it goes to Twitter too is the least important thing about it.
"It's as if you would say "I once met someone I didn't like who arrived in a car, so I am banning all cars."