Centralized and Decentralized Internet

October 26, 2006

O’Reilly Radar > Real Sharing vs. Fake Sharing

Google has been a key enabler of the decentralized nature of the net — they make other sites more visible, distributing attention, rather than concentrating it. But some of the newer sites, and the newer applications from Google and the other big guys, are increasingly aimed at centralizing user activity and user data.

I’ve been concerned about this switchboard vs. repository issue.

These are unresolved issues, and I do worry that the YouTube acquisition moves Google’s model from switchboard to repository, and I’m not sure that’s good for the company’s DNA.

What folks like Larry remind us, though, is that even people of good will need to be reminded from time to time about the choices they face. Web 2.0 is still a work in progress. We can get it right, or we can screw it up.

Let’s not forget the hyperlink.


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3 Responses to “Centralized and Decentralized Internet”

  1. Carlos Says:

    Google is the Beatles of my generation.

    I will be ever grateful for the huge contributions to creating a feasable PUBLIC DOMAIN, free on nonsensical discusions with copyfarts.

    As a internet gury and hippy, my bet is on a wiki internet: free, collaborative and full of contents. Hippies belived in Free Love. I dont enjoy paying for sex, nor paying for content; there are creators out there happy to have their creations experienced.

    But all those capitalist brats bent on consumption want to pay for simplicity.

    My take is that in 2031, the nº1 internet site will be a content provider, a “repository” of copyfarted content, a Netflix or the likes.

  2. estate agent Says:

    Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?

    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.

    Any suggestions?

  3. frequencies Says:

    Link exchange is nothing else but it is simply placing the other person’s blog link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do similar in favor of you.


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