will meyer

Nerd of multiple disciplines. Father of boys. Employee of Spotify.

Real Platforms Come to Web 2.0

There's lots of interesting activity in the platform-play world these days, and all the recent Facebook stuff is a good excuse to talk about it.  Platform strategies have been written about extensively over the years, but it seems like a new gen of web 2.0-style players have gotten the platform bug.  While most web 2.0 strategies include an API component, by platform we mean the extension of a core API/dev offering to include the larger ecosystem of applications, tools, developers, and partners around it.  Here are a few interesting examples (my opinion) of some of the recent platform strategies coming out of what we might loosely call Web 2.0:

Parting thoughts: two great "classic" pieces on platform strategy for your reading pleasure: