“Youtube, Twitter and Facebook will merge to form one super time-wasting website called YouTwitFace“, a joke by comedy host Conan O’ Brian that went viral. The merger quip aside, these top sites along with LinkedIn have been collaborating and to a good extent. Partnering with each other, they have simplified many real-time cross-platform actions. Well, that is until these recent developments – Google breaking ties with Twitter, Twitter delinking itself from LinkedIn, and news of the likely Facebook-LinkedIn face-off for the jobs market.
The question is whether these acts of disengagement are just minor posturing, as new ways of cooperating with each other are being worked out? Or is this upheaval, one where social media forays and cooperation seem mutually-exclusive, where one-upmanship reigns over better user-experience? Well, only time will tell. But what’s evident right now is that these tiffs have inconvenienced users, and brought about the ire of the web’s many developers, most of whom have helped them build their base in the first place.
So how are the users inconvenienced? Take the case of the June 29 Twitter-LinkedIn break-up, where money was apparently the reason, has left many users deciding which made more sense – updates on Twitter or LinkedIn. Metaphorically speaking, the child has just witnessed a divorce and has to decide quickly on his or her preference.
But there’s hope, that the capabilities of today’s developers will enable these top sites to eventually get back to their collaborative ways. There are also the web’s pioneers and those like Yochai Benkler, who have time and again advocated the transformational nature of extensive forms of collaboration, and whose principles have many takers.
For instance, through Grow VC’s network of networks the very benefits of collaboration and partnerships are being realized, by having:
# An ecosystem for startups, investors, experts, etc.
# Crowdfunding integration services for existing setups
# Specialists and local talent recruits for multinational companies
# Development and management of new investment models
….And the possibilities just seem endless
The bottom-line here is that in a globalized future that requires multicultural competencies, transdisciplinarity, domain specialists and an adaptive workforce to implement accelerations in technological developments, collaborating may well be the best way forward. Let’s build the future, together.
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