The Idea Dude

CONNECTING THE DOTS ONE AT A TIME

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Is Web 2.0 about MySpace or TheirSpace?

They say there is no such thing as bad press. If MySpace's intention was to garner attention by being controversial, they succeeded. Now that they are under a cash umbrella, the ambitious beast is unleashed. According to Peter Chernin, MySpace no longer looks fondly upon the folks who helped build his social empire. All the little Web 2.0 startups that helped the MySpace mushroom grow are now seen as parasites and must be eradicated. Forget that fact that it is these startups that made MySpace so customizable (dare I say palatable) allowing people to...well, create their spaces. Jolly poor form. If TheGoodBlogs ever reaches such dizzy heights I hope I remember this post. Never forget where you came from...

Web 2.0 is about people connecting to people. How do you build a community, one relationship at a time. I find it really interesting that TheGoodBlogs are viewed in so many different ways. Some get it right away...the only way for the long tail to become relevant is for bloggers to promote each other. Others think it is great because there is fresh content on their pages for returning readers. Yet there are others who worry about whether they have a choice in promoting which blogs. Frankly, if you have less than 1,000 visits a day, that should be the least of your problems. Blogging is like charity, the more you give, the more you get! Strange concept isn't it, but it works. TheGoodBlogs is more than a tool, it is a community, it provides a valuable service and it addresses a well-known pain.

Blog-on, baby, blog-on!

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