Thursday, April 03, 2008

Investing time and talent in Web 2.0

"Investing time and talent. At the third annual Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, dozens of industry players will gather to break down topics like Internet infrastructure, Net neutrality, mashups, data protection and the future of podcasting and especially video," from my blog posting 11/7/06 11:31 AM.

“Google has acquired JotSpot. Existing users: Rest assured — you will continue to have uninterrupted access to your JotSpot account! Our support team is still available to help you.” Is the information on JotSpot’s home page. Google is busy profiling itself as a leading Web 2.0 company. They move around with pockets full of money and go for innovative new ventures active within the Web 2.0 framework.

But what happened to JotSpot? I don't have a clue about how it was integrating. Haven't seen the effects of JotSpot.

“But for any similarities to the late '90s Internet craze, today's Web 2.0 buildup is a kinder, gentler bubble, say entrepreneurs and investors.” Reports ZD Net.

The eventual Web 2.0 bubble has been overshadowed by the housing subprime and banking crisis in US.

Where are the European counterparts to this development? There is a lack of big Internet players in the "Old Europe". We might have a healthy garage level development here, but nobody is fooling around with big junks of money and searching for new ventures to invest in. That might be one of the reasons to our relative invisibility. European Web 2.0's don't make headlines. We continue to do our daily work, struggle with our projects, but we don't know how to make the buzz and how to get traditional media and broadcasting attention.

  • Jaiku made it 2007 (aquired by Google)
  • Web 2.0
  • Attention Economy
  • Innovative Collaboration Friendly
  • Interactive and User Generated Content

"JotSpot is a wiki company that Google acquired last week," I wrote November 2006.

Acquisitions by he big players are helping to fuel entrepreneurial creativity. Experts say new online business models are more mature, compared to the boom, and give today's Web start-ups a better prognosis for lasting for a longer time.

  • We might have a slightly different timespan
  • Web 2.0 started in the Silicon Valley, The San Fransisco Bay Area
  • The big players have given YouTube, Writely, Flickr, JotSpot, etc. big visibility
  • eBay managed to buy Skype from Europe to the US West Coast
Ordinary people are a part of the bubble, while the user generated content is a big part of the success of high-profile Web 2.0 techies. But this time, users are not investing their hard-earned dollars or euros in the new ventures, they are investing their time and creative talent.
  • We're the world (The wisdom of the crowd, Crowdsourcing, Creative Collaboration)
  • Like in the 60's, Bob Dylan, one man and a guitarr
  • A new surge of small start-ups
  • Big doesn't need to be beutiful
  • The small players are receiving attention
"Why the sudden boom in Web 2.0 companies? There are a few reasons, both technical and business related, say investors and analysts. More people have high-speed Internet connections, making applications such as photo, music and video sharing feasible. The underlying software to build Web services is being upgraded as well, lowering technical barriers that existed only two years ago," comes from my blog posting 11/7/06 11:31 AM. I recycle it an analyze what's new.
  • Broadband is now also becoming mobile
  • The digital camera has more pixels; quality is superb; smaller, lighter
  • Smart phones and digital cameras, plus video
  • MP3 players, iPod and iTune and iPhone
  • Blogs are easy to use free expression forums
  • MyTube says it all - it's my tube for visual expression
What has changed in one and a half year? The Web 2.0 is maturing. The applications have more depth. The "crowd" is getting bigger.

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