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20060205 Sunday February 05, 2006

Web Two Dot Overload

The past few weeks have seen such a saturation of new services, it's mind boggling. The flickr and delicious acquisitions clearly stoked a yodling frenzy (y!a think?). Ya know, it seemed like in months past there were new services every few weeks or so: digg, reddit, memeorandum, personalbee, topix, tailrank, squidoo and on and on and on. But lately, it's hourly.

Now it's megtite, 30boxes, dabble, newroo, wink, tinfinger, podserve and chuquet. Goddamit, TechCrunch has a form to submit your very own web 2.0 venture for coverage. And of course, everyone's variously buzzword compliant with tags, feeds and ajax. Bubble 1.0 was a lot of fun but the sudden thud at the end kinda smarted, didn't it?

pours a glass of two buck chuck
  OK, I'm back.

I'm not diss'ing any of these services, there are a lot of really good ideas out there (nor OTOH am I endorsing any). But can they just take a few days off so we can get some work done? How about a moratorium? No more web 2.0 service launches for 48 hours, please! The funny thing is when the content is all self-referential (to the extent that the subject matter is the same or yet-another-new-service); when the services are capturing our artifacts and our artifacts are talking about them... the top story on megtite right now is coComment, on chuquet it's there along with dabble. It's what happens when you point the mic at the P.A. system.

Please, take a few days off. Go skiing or whale watching or something. Or go old school: content is king! e-commerce! woohoo!

( Feb 05 2006, 09:44:39 PM PST ) Permalink


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