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Programming Social Applications by Jonathan LeBlanc

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Implementing Proprietary Versus Open Standards

As social sites continue competing for dominance over the online world, you’ll inevitably face the question of whether to implement proprietary or open standards when creating a container. Do you implement a custom solution for all aspects of the social container, or do you go with a specification that includes contributors from many of the major technology companies in the space?

Both implementation methods have their benefits and drawbacks, as described next.

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