An excellent post over on Smoothspan discusses wht the best strategy for web companies is – being a platform, a destination or a service. Bob writes that;

These days, you can’t just be a web site, and you’re likely not successful enough to be a platform, so you need to make sure you can be a service on someone else’s platform or destination web site.

The logical solution is to be a vanilla offering that is readily ensconced on anyone else’s platform. Bob uses Twitter as an example – how many people twitter at versus how many use their API from other platforms.

It’s a difficult one – picking which platform to partner with is hard, playing neutral is hard (becuase platforms have power, call the shots and want to be trated special) and the moetization on a service sitting within a platform is pretty limited. As bob points out though;

Every site can’t be a destination.  It is probably better to take sloppy seconds than not to exist at all.  But have no illusions about building a huge business around this stuff.  I think it will be very hard.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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