The article by Tim O’Reilly that we read for class prompted some interesting thoughts for me. Although a lot of the technical information (or even just the technical terms) were a bit beyond the scope of my computer-knowledge, the ideas presented in the artical were both interesting and practical. One of the first points that caught ny attention was this quote:
Shakeouts typically mark the point at which an ascendant technology is ready to take its place at center stage. The pretenders are given the bum’s rush, the real success stories show their strength, and there begins to be an understanding of what separates one from the other.
I was impressed that O’Reilly had this kind of a grasp on the business side of the web, and about how generally knowledgeable his writing appears to be.
But the part of his article that impressed me most was the emphases it placed on trust– that a “Web 2.0” website must be built up by, and therefor under the partial control of, it’s users.
The central principle behind the success of the giants… who have survived to lead the Web 2.0 era appears to be this, that they have embraced the power of the web to harness collective intelligence–
He goes on to define this “trust” element in a great example: Wikipedia.com– which he says is,
based on the unlikely notion that an entry can be added by any web user, and edited by any other, [Wikipedia] is a radical experiment in trust, applying [the] dictum that “with enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow,” to content creation.
It made me wonder what other aspects of life this principle could be applied to–what friendships, what businesses, what governments? Good food for thought.