The protocol, not the API is the future of social networking

Imagine if e-mail was a brand owned by one company, who kept changing their mind on the API, who had to approve e-mail clients and could turn them down and disconnect them if they were not displaying e-mail ‘consistently’.

This is not the future of the web no more than closed app stores and sand-boxed apps that can’t even talk to each other are the future of the software market.

Closed for-profit organisations like Twitter and Facebook deliberately blur the distinction between protocol and API, preventing social networking and microblogging from developing generically, like email did. Yet this is conceptually absurd and not in users' best interests.