walled garden (plural walled gardens)
- A garden enclosed by walls for purposes of shelter or decoration.
1912, Joseph Conrad, A Smile of Fortune:
- The walled garden full of shadows blazed with colour as if the flowers were giving up the light absorbed during the day.
- (Internet, media) A closed set of information services provided to members only.
2007, Wes Simpson & Howard Greenfield, IPTV and Internet video, ISBN 0240809548, page 39:
- AOL tried to provide a walled garden for all their subscribers in the early 1990s.
- (Internet) 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.
2007, Michael A. Banks, Blogging Heroes, ISBN 0470197390, page 52:
- Link love is reciprocal; if you provide it liberally, it comes back to you. If you don't, you'll turn into your own walled garden.
Internet: closed set of services
Internet: insular set of webpages