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Vint Cerf Says Facebook is a ‘Walled Garden’

Vint Cerf, the man who played a crucial role in the development of the World Wide Web, has warned Facebook that its closed model could soon take it off Web users’ radar.

Cerf also stated that Facebook, being a “walled garden”, was on its way to repeat the failure of the earlier business model of AOL and IBM.

The veteran in the Web industry is currently working as the Google’s chief internet evangelist. Co-incidentally, or maybe not, his remark against the closed model of Facebook has come up at a time when his company has made its latest venture into the world of social networking, Google+, available to the public.

Cerf issued the warning to the social media giant during an event organised by the Guardian newspaper, and he said that if Facebook does not come up with some drastic changes with its policies, the platform could soon lose its popularity amongst Web surfers.

“He went onto to say that ‘Facebook was becoming that way’ as ‘a closed walled garden’ and that its problem was that the ‘ability to connect to people inside the walled garden’ would be overwhelmed by ‘a desire to interconnect’ to other social networks or websites,” according to a this report by the Guardian.

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