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  • n. A garden enclosed by walls for purposes of shelter or decoration.
  • n. A closed set of information services provided to members only.
  • n. A set of webpages or other resources that are richly interlinked and share a common focus, but have little or no linkage to or from the larger network.

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  • "While e-mail has common protocols which allow people to send and receive messages even if they are with different services, such as Hotmail or GMail, the same is not completely true with status updates and activity feeds.
    There are some standard protocols but the rapid development in the complexity and breadth of activity feeds, to include comments and ratings, has led to a series of walled gardens. Dare Obasanjo, a program manager at Microsoft, said the firm was working on a set of standards."
    - Darren Waters, Social networks 'are new e-mail' , BBC website, 15 March 2009.

    March 15, 2009