Tuesday, September 27, 2011

#facebook :Why Facebook's new Open Graph makes us all part of the web underclass

If you're not paying for your presence on the web, then you're just a product being used by an organisation bigger than you. Facebook's latest plans, though, are really worrying
Mark Zuckerberg addresses the Facebook f8 developer conference. Look at all the people in those lines. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
When you own a domain you're a first class citizen of the web. A householder and landowner. What you can do on your own website is only very broadly constrained by law and convention. You can post the content you like. You can run the software you want, including software you've written or customised yourself. And you can design it to look the way you want. If you're paying for a web hosting service and you don't like it (or they don't like you) you can pack up your site and move it to another host. Your URLs will stay the same and so your visitors won't notice. You get a great deal of freedom in return for the cost of running your own site. Your site could still be there in a decade's time, possibly even in a century....read more

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/sep/27/facebook-open-graph-web-underclass?CMP=twt_gu