The Open Platforms Paradox

Jeremy Zawodny indirectly makes this interesting point in a post from Web 2.0: If open platforms are so great, why is the adoption of open platforms so poor? An interesting example is instant messaging, where every platform is closed — except for Jabber, which has no adoption.

Sure, some of it has to do with first-mover advantage, but that’s not the whole story. And if it were the whole story it would certainly be a slap for advocates of more open platforms. After all, if the advantage of openness is so meager as to be trumped by something as tenuous as first-mover advantage that doesn’t say much for the implicit value people place in openness.