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Twitter and the Rise of Data Platforms 33

snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees Twitter's latest move — to develop 'analytical products' based on Twitter data and to encourage third-party developers to do the same — as part of a growing trend toward a new kind of software platform. 'In the past, tool vendors have offered developers languages and code libraries that gave them access to computing functions in simple, standardized ways. In this new paradigm, however, a platform consists of more than just frameworks and APIs. It also comes prepackaged with a complete, rich data set, and often that data is the platform's most valuable aspect. These new "data platforms" are creating exciting new opportunities for developers, though they are not without their challenges.' Chief among these issues are privacy and security, as evidenced by a recent letter to Google from government regulators and activist tools such as PleaseRobMe. But for developers, the challenges also include livelihood. 'Even more than mobile platforms such as Apple's iPhone, a data platform like Twitter's is a walled garden. If Twitter cuts off a developer's access to its data sources for any reason, that developer's business is sunk.' Even those who develop 'cloud middleware' around such data platforms stand to gain little from their efforts, as doing so pits them in competition with their data platform vendors, which are in a far better position to reach potential customers."
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Twitter and the Rise of Data Platforms

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 24, 2010 @02:18PM (#31968348)

    Comrades! Only by abandoning freedom can we become truly free! Also, capitalists smell of poo.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 24, 2010 @02:20PM (#31968360)

    Says Red lazer... He's a KGB agent! Get him!

  • by istartedi ( 132515 ) on Saturday April 24, 2010 @02:27PM (#31968388) Journal

    All extremists should be shot, LOL.

    Seriously, Communism was just a reaction to the first great wave of technology known as "the industrial revolution".

    We need original thought, not re-hashed 20th century failed solutions that arose out of 19th century excess.

    As an American I hate to say it, but it seems like the French have the right idea. Instead of using the excess productivity gained by technology to drive useless things like war and Facebook, we should just take more vacations.

    That's not to say the French have it perfect--I wager their beurocracy consumes a lot of time. How about just shorter work weeks instead? One of the great ironies in this is that Utah, a state not considered "progressive" instituted shorter work weeks for state employees.

    In other words, technology really did reduce the need for labor. We just need to find a constructive outlet for the excess labor. Neither violent revolution, nor wage slavery in a neoindustrial cubefarm/factory is a constructive outlet.

  • by gyrogeerloose ( 849181 ) on Saturday April 24, 2010 @08:04PM (#31970370) Journal

    I didn't know Karl Marx was into the dot-com boom and IPO's, but if you say so...

    What, you never read Marx's book, Dot.Kapital?

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.