January 27, 2007

what if your users suck?

“User generated content” is the phrase surrounding “web 2.0” companies, which means create a community and have them do all the work to make you rich, while giving them no money and a false sense of empowerment.

digg is the poster-child for this new business model. It’s essentially a news site, where ordinary citizens like you and me choose which stories get to the main page. It’s interesting to see what’s valued in a complete democracy that doesn’t discriminate based on age; so far CAPS and exclamation points!?!?!?!!!! seem very important, while spelling and accuracy are seen as the excrement a bygone generation. I submit to you, from this article:

“Jeremy Schoemaker, a Technorati top 100 blogger, has been subpoenaed to testify about comments made on his blog. This will be a case to follow and could set a president for who is liable for what in comments of websites.”

Apparently this Schoemaker case will re-define how we choose our country’s leader.

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  1. I’m not sure I want my front page news based on a popularity contest… The problem with the “daily me” approach is that readers are missing out on subjects and issues they might not discover otherwise.

    I blame the media companies’ blood sucking shareholders and executive boards for the missing je ne sais quoi that was actual journalism. Profit losses make media companies do crazy things, like let Katie Couric deliver the evening news…

    Thanks for the post Red, I love a good typo!

    Comment by mel — January 30, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

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