As if it was timed, following my post on Business Symbiosys, Facebook announced the release of Facebook Platform on Thursday (5/24), which is a great illustration of the Symbiosis concept. Since the announcement Facebook has been portrayed as the “MySpace Killer”.
From Facebook’s press release:
On Thursday, the Palo Alto, Calif., company will announce a new strategy to let other companies provide their services on special pages within its popular Web site. These companies will be able to link into Facebook users’ networks of online friends, according to people familiar with the matter.
For instance, an online retailer could build a service in Facebook to let people recommend music or books to their friends, based on the relationships they’ve already established on the site. Or a media company could let groups of users share news articles with each other on a page inside Facebook.