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Too Many Boxes

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Electronic communication is a an awesome thing. It promises to make the world a smaller place by letting anyone talk to anyone, anywhere.

But, most of our electronic communication- IM, email, IRC blogging – forces us to channel our ideas, thoughts and feelings through tiny little boxes (curse you, TextArea, and your non-keybindings working self!!!).

Flickr Photo

I’m thinking about this because Eran and I got just got done with an experiment, the results of which you should be able to see to the right (and in some other flickr photos). The experiment was simple- we opened up every possible means of electronic communication we have available*.

boxes

The result- too many boxes.

Electronic communication promises to change the world by allowing people who would otherwise be unable to meet f2f to connect for work and entertainment, but it is and never will be a replacement for f2f communication. I, for one, would rather be down at the pub having a beer with someone than trying to channel myself through an IM window.

But even given electronic communication’s inherent limitations, it still sucks. Sucks bad. IM networks are fragmented, email and blogs are fragmented- though serving subtly different purposes and appealing to different writing styles, we’re forced to track conversations across mediums**, without much help from our tools (not even good search!).

I think Eran summed it up well in this photo, when he said:

Dude

I couldn’t have said it better myself.


* IANAB, but if I were I would call this performance art. (But, like I said, I’m not, so I didn’t and I won’t.)

** You wouldn’t believe how tough that was once Eran and I had all the windows open- I’d IM him on AIM, he’d reply on Skype. Sound familiar?

Too many blogs

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

I have too many blogs:

Ones I actually write on:

Other places I have an account but never actually write anything:

And other stuff people might confuse for blogs:

Make it stop.

Web 2.0 thoughts

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

So, it’s been few days since Web2Con ended and I haven’t had a chance to express my thoughts about the conference.

First of all, met me say that I got to meet a lot of interesting people: David Heinemeier Hanson, Matt Cutts, Kris Krug, Mark Nottingham and many others that I can’t think of right now (but who are somewhere in my address book). So, yeah, there were a lot of cook geeks there who do some really interesting work. However, the makeup of the conference-goers kind of surprised me.

Why’d it surprise me? Well, there were lots of suits there. I’m used to conferences which consist of all geeks plus a few clueful business-types and VCs. However, Web2Con seemed to be mostly for (and by) business-types.*

Even the content was business-oriented- I mean, come on, Barry Diller? He’s Web 2.0?!?**

This brings me back to my working-theory going into the conference.

My theory is this: there’s really two things going on here, a movement and a reaction. First, the movement is a reassertion of control by geeks. Several years of a down-turned economy has given geeks plenty of time to reflect and turn their energies toward things they care about. So, Web 2.0 can be viewed as a geek rebellion- people are developing software and media for themselves and on their own terms.***

Due to this movement, many who otherwise have been quite influential- MSM folks, VCs, etc. are seeing that their role in the new economy, which we’ll call Web 2.0, is not as important as it has heretofore been.

So, Web2Con can be seen as a manifestation of this reaction – a way for business people to come and try to figure out what’s going on and how they can be a part of it.

I may be wrong about this, but I haven’t seen anyone else explain what’s going on from this perspective, so I wanted to throw it out there as a possible explanation.

* In retrospect, the price-tag should have clued me into the potential attendees.

** If he had a homepage, I’d post him to Web 2 Or Not DOT com and let the people decide. But he’s not Web2 enough to have blog or even a homepage.

***37Signals Less style would be a good example.

Web 2.0 is…..

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Eran’s already announced it

With all this pontificating, punditry and just plain posting about about “What is Web 2.0,” I think we’ve neglected to ask an important group of people: those who spend hours obsessively voting on hotornot.com.

So, interest of leveraging the network effects of the distributed, synergistic masses, shifting the paradigms of eyeballs everywhere, increasing share holder value and leveraging monitization across the enterprise while maintaining the integrity of our vertical portal properties…

…. we announce Web 2 or not DOT com.

End of Web 2.0?

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Tara and Assaf are reporting that there might be some kind of announcement coming from Eran and I about web 2.0.

Supposedly, we have some product coming out which will end the “WTF is Web 2.0, anyway” meme.

I can’t confirm, nor deny such rumors, as that would be a comment on a future product, which would seriously jeorpardize the increase in shareholder value which such a product would produce.

But, if we were to create a paradigm shift, it would probably be sometime this evening. :D