The walled-garden vs. open architecture approach to the web has been raging since the early days of the Internet. AOL perfected the walled-garden with its keyword search while we were all on dial-up access, but the web (and AOL) have since moved on. Which is why it was a bit surprising to see Google+ (still in project mode, admittedly) launch without an ability to pull in from, or publish out to, our other existing social networks.
That Google+ is first and foremost an “Identity Service,” according to Eric Schmidt, makes it even more baffling. Another “Identity Service,” run by my employer, About.me, takes quite the opposite approach. Even other social networks enable cross-posting.
But, I’m not arguing that Google should do it because others do, my argument is simpler than that. Cross posting encourages discussion that might otherwise be missed.
This weekend, in a fit of annoyance at having to boot up my laptop after not being able to get information about Irene on my iPad that was hidden behind some Flash coding, I posted the following to Twitter:
LCMilstein Lee MilsteinAfter a year with the iPad, I can honestly say lack of Flash support is debilitating. I love it so much I don’t want to need a laptop too.