“Business as Morality”.
There’s an interesting e-mail exchange going on between Doc Searls and O’Reilly Media. Basically, what seperates Web 2.0 from Web 1.0 is morality, as Doc explains so eloquently here:
I think some of what we see in Web 2.0 (a term I’ve never liked, much as I like Tim, who has done the most to promulgate it… I think it’s what we’ll call the current bubble and the next crash) is the morality of generosity. At eTech, I saw a preview of a browser-based Photoshop/Album organizing/print product front-end service. The biggest thing the creator wanted to show was how generous Flickr is. “Watch this,” he said, before using Flickr’s API to suck all 6000+ of my photos from Flickr into his product. All the metadata, all the tags and associations, were intact. His point: Flickr isn’t a silo. Their closed and proprietary stuff doesn’t extend, not is it used, to lock up customer or user data. It’s wide open. Free-range. Most of all, however, it is a “good citizen”. It is generous where it counts. Nurturing.
Worth a read. Worth a think.
[Doc Searls’ homepage is here.]