My Photo

« Unitus: Venture Capital for Microfinance -- The Smartest Way to Change the World | Main | Happy Holidays & (early) Happy New Year! »

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Facebook Opens Up, Licenses Platform: Social Graph Platform Wars are ON!:

» Social Networking Platforms: What a Mess from Tech Beat
OK, maybe it's a glorious mess--all these platforms that began with Facebook last May eventually will shake out into something really useful. But I can't imagine that widget developers are real happy right now trying to develop so many versions... [Read More]

» Facebook Opens Up, Licenses Platform: Social Graph Platform Wars ... from Kid Mercury's Blog
Is this what I think it is? Is it a competitor to vBulletin 3.7? If so, and in my opinion it seems to be along those lines, then I think this is a great move. It might make me pro-Facebook. But I'm ve... [Read More]


dave mcclure

just to clarify: the sizes certainly aren't exact (altho i do think they're somewhat representative of potential), and i'm sure i'm missing quite a number of players (MSFT, YHOO, AOL, Six Apart, Plaxo, others...).

that said, i was having fun putting it together and after about an hour of futzing around, i decided i should get back to work.

(please make comments on the Flickr photo, and i might eventually update to reflect a little more accurate situation. or not.)

Patrick Chanezon

Nice diagram Dave. I'll pin that on my (super) wall.
I would just have inverted the labels (I always preferred to play the rebels), but it's just a questions of point of view:-)

"Rebel Rebel, your face is a mess"

Looking at their spec:
"If you'd like to license the Facebook Platform methods or tags for your social site, please contact the Facebook Platform team at"
Not really what I would call open.

Darth Chanezon
or P@ Kenobi... depending on the point of view:-)

Phillip Rhodes

Nice diagram, but you left off OpenQabal:

OQ is based entirely on open standards and will allow for a completely decentralized, open, federated model of social networking. The project isn't complete yet, but when it's ready, we will be the best platform for truly open social networking.


You should take a look at the post I wrote in October - Chapter 3.0: The Platform Wars


@Jeremiah: I don't think so since Facebook is bigger than Myspace here.


Hi Dave,

Nice diagram - but you left off

Where every other app that is not a 'social network' can become social by employing existing open standards and using the web (rather than a proprietary API) as the platform.

Jeremiah Owyang

Are they sized correct by member numbers?

The comments to this entry are closed.