Fundamentally the perspectives on new products and strategic moves from the BIG should be viewed from the vantage point of increased utility for the users and positioning by the operators. Not much has been said about user perspectives on the recent moves by the BIG but like everyone else we have an opinion.
The blogosphere is full of opinions about Goggles OpenSocial, both good and bad. The positive spin is coming from the network partners participating in the initiative. The negative spin is coming from the developers, the small, trying to capture the promise by getting their apps into the proposed OpenSocial "containers". The OpenSocial initiative has yet to be adopted by the mass of end users so one cannot ascertain whether the promise of utility and design truly brings value to the customer.
OpenSocial will need to demonstrate value throughout the supply chain of developers and platform operators but last but not least to the end users. OpenSocial will need to accelerate its efforts before it will be able to create positive momentum in a market in warp speed. Google's moves for the remainder of this year will determine if they can deliver on a promise to operators, developers and the ultimate decision makers, the users.
At the click of a mouse Facebook then releases its Facebook SocialAd Page initiative. Again the flurry of media explodes with opinions but from a different vantage point of utility and design aimed both at advertisers and users. A design by the way that we suggested in our post of months ago titled "The Shift for Marketers".
Facebook SocialAds are aimed at distinctively different strategy than the OpenSocial initiative. OpenSocial aims at the utility of open connectivity across multiple networks while Facebooks Social Ad initiative aims at shifting the utility of user affinity to brands and targeting to those affinities.
Facebook just upped the value of advertisers on its platform thus creating more stickiness at higher advertising rates than say Google Ads. As long as Facebook maintains its growth in users and developers continue to release creative applications then Facebook will continue to lead in adoption and usage while enhancing their revenue growth. A sound strategy that maximizes their market value and positioning. Will the Facebook SocialAd strategy work? Initial response from advertisers and users indicate a strong yes.
The small moves
In the middle of all these BIG moves and announcements we've also been following a small but significant move called Business 3.0. First a disclosure. We tend to favor the small over the BIG in our opinions because generally speaking the small are more creative, nimble, trustworthy and entrepreneurial than the BIG.
The chart at the top of this post compares functions and features of OpenSocial, Facebook SocialAds and Business 3.0. The comparisons were based on what we know of each offering, both the products initial launch functions and promised features soon the be released.
In sorting through all the media hype over the moves of the big we've tried to focus our attention on the question from the end users perspective. How does this bring users value? From a business perspective what is the utility and design of a product?
We believe these are the drivers of success regardless of whether they come from the BIG or the small. By focusing on these fundamentals it helps sort through all the hype and spin in a world full of opinions. Of course this post and the accompanying chart is our opinion but an opinion based on data, logic and a slant towards the small vs. the BIG. What is your opinion?
What say you?