Friday, April 28, 2006


I may be nothing but a numbskull who pounds a few little ragged ideas out every once and a while. I'm well out on the long tail, and for most puposes I am simply talking to myself. Thankfully, this is not something that I have a problem with.

Umair Haque has nailed it again. A straightforward breakdown of cliche, reality and preference as a demonstration of the constructive and destructive economies of peer content production. The freedom to agglomerate (I love economists), and the peril of dial-up talk radio morons spouting bullshit on all of my niche interests.

In the end, he points out that the whole situation is self-correcting. The people who deliver the most value within any network benefit, and those who don't don't. There is very little incentive for someone who does not care about makeup to keep spouting off on make up sites.

But this leaves me in an odd spot. Maybe I should just take the hint... My posts add no value to any network (thought feedburner tells me I have 6 subscribers). Or maybe I just redefine the network. I love my own bullshit, and have always been content with a lively internal debate. If its not enough to please a network of 1, then it'll never fly far beyond that.

... still think there is a market in facilitating cohesion and network extension. The noise is exteme and growing. There are many thoughtful and meaningful voices out on the tail (in addition to the numbskulls). They may find their niche, or their network of 1, but its getting harder -- not easier -- to find them.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Enterprise Peer Solutions

It seems that the peer pundits are finally starting to talk about the potential for peer solutions in the corporate environment. Fred Wilson has a post on the Union Square blog that discusses the potential (and the discussion).

I've been thinking about this for a while, both as a web2.0 spectator and as a manager. I've posted a few thoughts on what I've been able to find in the space, and the initial kernel on the obvious opportunity in this space, inspired by a MSFT anouncement to integrate RSS with Outlook.

This is the real thing. Someone will make a big business out of this. Building effective many-to-many communication platforms is central to any organization, and today we have a better way.

It will be very interesting to watch how this plays out (or to throw on a jersey and get into the fray).

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Keep sharp

I've been pretty quiet on the posts lately... way too many nights and weekends going towards the day job. That's time I would spend followign my nose through postings.

I've been skimming, and it seems like the honeymoon with peer-based publishing is winding down. I'm not saying its not dead -- just some of the raw sex appeal seems to be wearing off.

I hope to have something more thoguhtful to say shortly... which is also that I hope to give myself enough time to keep sharp. Burnout is no good.