Reading Yahoo! 360 through Lucasfilm's Habitat

Marc Hedlund eloquently analyzes Yahoo! 360 through “The Lessons of Lucasfilm’s Habitat”, and I agree with his key points: walled systems stifle innovation and offer an inferior user experience for power users—but may offer a superior user experience for regular users.

That said, in the long run regular users can become power users. Many people (like my mother ) started out within the AOL walled garden, but have since graduated to more open and sophisticated platforms—e.g., from an address to my mother’s personalized address. An effective service has to allow people room to grow.

Via Clay Shirky