Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Twitter, Instagram, And The Internet of (Disconnected) Things | MIT Technology Review

A timely Internet service integration (and disintegration) reality check

“You’ve heard of the “internet of things”: that just-over-the-horizon utopia in which our formerly dumb, disconnected physical appliances become “smart” and digitally networked. Here’s what I didn’t see coming: an ironically reversed “things of the internet” scenario, in which our formerly networked, interoperable apps and web services evolve into siloed products that can’t and won’t talk to each other. Welcome to the future: you can use gadgets like Twine and WeMo to make your air conditioner talk to your toaster, but you can’t make your Instagram photos show up on Twitter, or your iPhone work natively with Google Maps. (Well, technically there is a workaround for the Twitter/Instagram issue, but don’t expect it to work for much longer.)”

Twitter, Instagram, And The Internet of (Disconnected) Things | MIT Technology Review

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