dinsdag 18 oktober 2005

Web 2.0 freeriders(?)

Fortunately we can always count on Nicholas Carr to wake up a group-thinking crowd. After "IT Doesn’t Matter" he's now aiming for all Web 2.0 believers. Om Malik comments on it and quotes Jeff Nolan:

"I wondered out loud, if this culture of participation was seemingly help build businesses on our collective backs. So if we tag, bookmark or share, and help del.icio.us or Technorati or Yahoo become better commercial entities, aren’t we seemingly commoditizing our most valuable asset - time. We become the outsourced workforce, the collective, though it is still unclear what is the pay-off. While we may (or may not) gain something from the collective efforts, the odds are whatever “the collective efforts” are, they are going to boost the economic value of those entities. Will they share in their upside? Not likely!"

Worth thinking about if you're depending on the 'collective'.

3 opmerkingen:

  1. This is a good point - it's important that you can get your data out of the system - that way the work you do is owned by you, not the company. You can take your OPML out of Bloglines, so why can't you take the product recommendations out of Amazon, for instance? Isn't it your actions that produced that data in the first place?

  2. That's an interesting concept indeed. Would not surprise me if models like that would appear...

  3. This is one of the reasons why attentiontrust.org started the Attention Extension: to prevent lock-in.

    quote from
    And at that point, moving from one service to another begins to carry a switching cost – when your old services get to know a lot about you, any new services you want to try will seem pretty dumb.

    P.S. The other reason to combat forgetting.