Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Web 2.0 - The Era of Incomplete Thoughts

YouTube - no business model
Flickr - no business model
Facebook/MySpace/LinkedIn - no business model
5000 other contenders - no business model

Advertising is not a business model for the power of the web. It discounts it.

How can I be helped? - that's the Internet traveler's root impetus. Help! Who can? How about Facebook's 200gazillion? How about they help show me all the things I want to know. I'll pay. Tonight, for example, I want someone, maybe from Mexico, to show me how to make real tortillas, my-non-real-tortilla-making-self doesn't know how to make. For this lesson I'm willing to pay. Isn't someone out there ready, right this second, to earn that fee and teach me? (By the way, when I finish making tortillas, I'd like someone out there to teach me how to fix my vacuum and then someone else to debate the classics with me. I'm willing to pay.?.) Let's use those Web2.0 tools together to enrich the experience: Youtube for videos I'll need, Flickr for pics I'll need, and you descending from the Facebook and using the ever-handy Web 2.0 tool, chat, to interact with me in real time.

The business model for Web 2.0 is not within the applications, but from without, when they're used as tools.

Pieces of a chess board. How those pieces are arranged around a product or service is the business model.



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