In the next step of opening up Facebook Platform, Facebook is now making its platform architecture available as a model for other social sites. Facebook will even license the Facebook Platform methods and tags for use by other platforms, which means that the 100,000 developers currently building Facebook applications can make their applications available on other social sites with no extra work.
This is clearly a response to Google’s Open Social. And it’s not the only time I’ve noticed, in the past month, a market leader scoffing at Google.
Take for example this quote from Nokia on Android in the Times recently:
“We’ve seen an announcement,” Nokia’s chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, said with more than a hint of sarcasm. “Conceptually, we could have made that announcement a long time ago.”
I think it’s interesting to see companies that might otherwise tremble at the Great Google shrug and say “we could do that.”