Scripting News: How open standards are created.

Last week Auttomatic announced they would be integrating the Twitter API into their Wordpress platform. Today, Tumblr announced the same. Dave Winer had this great take on it, over at Scripting News:

Conventional wisdom says that open standards are created by endless deliberations among experts and big tech companies, and those do sometimes gain traction.

But this is how it usually happens: Someone goes first. No one thinks of it as an open standard. Then someone clones it. All of a sudden people get ideas. Inspired, someone goes third. At this point it's inevitable that there will be a fourth and fifth and so on.

Something tells me this is going to happen more and more with information and ideas flowing so freely these days.

Read Scripting News: How open standards are created.