Inside Facebook’s Walled Garden

I had the pleasure tonight of strolling downtown in Palo Alto to the headquarters of the “hottest company in silicon Valley,” Facebook, for their creative spin on “Lunch 2.0.” Lunch it was not. More like “beer bust 2.0,” but certainly nobody was confused. The crowd, as I expected, was huge.

Highlights included a conversation between our (Plaxo’s) chief platform architect, Joseph Smarr, and Mark Zuckerberg, and a conversation with Robert Scoble that started early in the evening, continued toward the end of the event, and then spilled out on to Hamilton Avenue. I’ll refrain from characterizing it here, but I thought it was a quite provocative debate about walled gardens versus the “open social web.”

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