“Guardian Open Platform is a chasmic leap into the future. It is a work of simplistic beauty that I’m sure will have a dramatic impact in the news market. The Guardian is already a market leader in the online space but Open Platform is revolutionary. It makes all of their major competitors look timid.” (Tom Watson, MP)
“If content is king, then this is service is a hundred of the king’s best horses, and thousands of his best messengers, sending the Guardian far and wide. A misstep online is unlikely to cost the Guardian much, and should only encourage competitors innovation—the industry sure needs it.
With this move, the Guardian redraw of where the boundaries of the newspaper industry lie, using to technology to reach as far as possible. It’s enough to make Conrad Black spit his prison breakfast all over his email-inbox.” (Bad Idea Magazine)
The feedback we’ve heard while participating in various events this month has also been very very positive. #
I shared some of the thinking behind the Open Platform at Changing Media Summit in London last week in a talk called “The Open Strategy“. That presentation is here:
(Changing Media Summit is “for anyone concerned with creative and commercial success in the digital age. It is aimed at senior executives responsible for strategies in digital, online, new media, mobile, marketing, branding, finance, comms, content, audio and more.”)
We also hosted the Rewired State event earlier in the month, and BarCamp London is going to be in our Kings Place offices this weekend which we’re really looking forward to.
There’s a ton of work to do to move closer to our vision for the platform. If we are going to be successful in weaving the Guardian into the fabric of the Internet, then we need to grow the services we rolled out already and develop the additional services that will round out the offering. #
But if the Open Platform launch was about creating the conditions for positive things to happen, then I think we’re off to a really good start. #