CTIA: Facebook Talk

Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, gave a great talk today. His talk actually dovetails perfectly with what I wrote last night, that all of these "walled garden" methodologies have got to go. My notes from the talk have been posted up; you'll see them refined into a story at BerryShack and Crackberry soon enough, I'm sure.

I'll dig a bit deeper into his talk later today, but the highlight for me is that Moskovitz knows that as computers get smaller, they'll eat into mobiles. Mobiles will have to become open like computers, or people will start using computers instead of mobiles. As computers miniaturize, that's just going to be a fact of life.

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figure 1: this image from Moskovitz's talk shows the nature of the computer world versus the nature of the mobile world. In the mobile world, everything is locked. Carriers try to monetize various kinds of data over their own network, the OS is locked to everyone, and the hardware is similarly locked, which isn't what people really want (witness the energy put into hacking openness into the iPhone). The locked-in aspect of the mobile world is also what leads to people thinking of their mobile phone as jsut a landline that they can take with them wherever they go, instead of a mobile computing device. This is a barrier to smartphone adoption.
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figure 2: this is Moskovitz's picture that depicts the collision that's going to occur in the mobile world as the computer world miniaturizes to the point where the computer hardware makers can put their software and services onto mobile-sized devices that have full computer power.

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p> The other great part is that Moskovitz gave a warning to everyone attending: open up your platform or become obsolete, either by Apple's hand or Google's hand. Pick your poison, really. Both of them are looking to either destroy or warp the industry, and to do it from within.

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