It’s not really an open network. If you need to launch a startup on the Real Time Web you have to get the permission of Facebook or Twitter.
What if Google had to get the permission of Microsoft to index the web and launch their search engine?
What if they were still dependent on this data from Microsoft?
I’m sure MS would be throwing them to the wolves and demanding a LARGE revenue share of the search giant.
A lot people don’t feel that Facebook’s new Open Graph is really open:
Following Facebook’s big Open Graph announcements at f8 a couple days ago, many of the leaders of the so-called “open web” are taking exception to Facebook’s use of the term “open” for its grandiose plans. While the Open Graph may be a lot of things, it is not open, is the feeling many of them have, as Erick laid out earlier.
… I’m looking forward to more and more people to notice that the open spirit of the web that we’ve grown to depend on is slowly being taken from us.
I don’t blame Twitter and Facebook for making these decisions. If I were them I would be tempted to make the same decisions.
However, it’s in the best interest of consumers to insist on the Real Time Web being open. The more Real Time search engines , aggregation companies, ranking companies, twitter clients, etc, the better for everyone concerned.