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Archive for March, 2008

The True Power of Users on User Run Sites

Welcome to the world of community based, collaborative content.

One of the big stories of 2006’s reiteration of the online landscape has been the development of business models leveraging user created content and communities. You create a site that allows others to upload and post their content, you share that with the world, throw in some kind of monetizing plan (show ads on content, charge a membership fee, or whatever) and voila, instant money making.

Flickr and Digg are perfect examples of this new layer of interactivity and commerce, which has been dubbed ‘web 2.0’ – the new version of the old. Flickr is a photo sharing web site, which goes beyond simple hosting and management of pictures, to develop real communities and photo sharing opportunities. On one’s flickr home page a section displays recent photos from your friends and online acquaintances (including the ones you met through the site), and another displays randomly chosen recent pictures from the entire user base.

Digg is a collaborative news site, where users upload and rate links to sites elsewhere on the web, and, base

We are still discovering what that means to the whole scheme of things. In the old world, you made something, you sold it, you called all the shots. But what happens when your customers are not only purchasing your product, but providing it to you?

Digg Users Are Showing the True Power of Users on User Run Sites

Stories were getting deleted and user accounts were being banned all because of a stupid HD-DVD copyright Hex code that can be used to unlock HD-DVD. Digg claimed that they could be sued and what not for it so they decided to censor all of the stories that had to deal with the key. The whole thing is just bull, you can’t copyright a sequence of numbers and letters.

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Flickr = Censorship on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Bilconference: The numbers…

1.8 billion people have access to the internet.
58% of them use it daily.
11.5 billion web pages
66.2 billion web queries/month

Bil conference – not quite the opposite of Ted

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Bil conference.

I’m at the Bil un-conference this weekend. It’s a self-organizing conference, where everyone shows up, anyone can give a talk, and things generally happen in an ad-hoc fashion. It might sound like chaos, but the opposite is true – it’s really cutting to the meat of what a conference is all about: the exchange of ideas, and the meeting of people.

What has this got to do with our road to the singularity? Well, I am meeting and hearing from the people who will be making the singularity happen. People developing Rapid DNA sequencing, a guy who is developing a networkeded model of economics, a guy who is at a start up trying to develop a ubiquitous online trust system. My friend Sheffie talking about efficient shmoozing and networking skills. Earlier, there was a talk on the origins of stem cells and cell differentiation. Later, Brad Templeton is going to talk about Robot Cars and the future of communication.

More later…