The sacrifice … is user autonomy. If you decide that Google Docs doesn’t the way you want, you can’t tinker with the software and fix it. If you want to share a map on your website, you need Yahoo’s permission. If you want to use a new social networking site, you have to re-enter all your personal data and re-invite all your friends. The data and code belong to someone else, and they’re hidden behind servers that you, the user, aren’t allowed to touch.
–Evan Prodromou, identi.ca
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