Seth Goldstein has an interesting post in which he recalls a conversation he had with Brad Silverberg, the lead developer of Windows 95. Silverberg argued that, to succeed, a platform needed to have three things:
It’s clear that Windows 95 had all three.
Goldstein then applies this test to Facebook:
* Wide distribution? YES
* Application developers making money? NO (at least not yet…)
* Good tools? YES
So, the question for establishing Facebook’s value as a platform is no longer whether Facebook itself can make money but whether its developers can do so.
Hmmm…. I don’t see the “good tools” for Facebook. Wonder what Seth thinks they are.