Doc Searl’s weighs in on Microsoft’s HealthVault. The same issues come up over and over again. Big companies like to build systems that lock you in. They call it stickiness (In the manner of a fly trap). The questions are obvious at this point— can I take my data and leave? Can I run my data through a value-add analytic provided by another provider? If I can’t move it, in what sense is it really mine? Searls calls health info the holy grail of vendor relationship management. I call it the official definition of Web 4.0.
Jon Udell answers some of Doc’s questions. Leave it to Jon actually read the fine print. But when it comes to stuff like this, we all need to remember what Tom Waits said: “What the big print giveth, the small print taketh away.”