Thursday, November 1, 2007

Open Social Mafia: Stealth Operations in silicon valley

In what is being hailed as a coup of sorts, Google has announced a platform strategy called OpenSocial. I'll leave it to the pundits to decrypt whatever this thing means but I was interested in the following sequence of events.

1. Marc Andreessen announces that Ning was going to partner with Google on OpenSocial.
2. He comments in the same post his view on where Myspace was with respect to this whole opensocial thingie.

Where's MySpace?

Beats me.

3. Myspace announces soon after that they will work with Google on OpenSocial. Apparently this talk has been in stealth mode for close to an year.

I would have expected someone as resourceful as Marc to have had better insight to something as big as this. Apparently not.

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