Web Cubed: The final step in the transition from ‘them’ to ‘us’

I’ve been thinking about the issues Scoble has been running into. Indeed, all of us are just as vulnerable as he points out.

The information being added to Facebook, MySpace, etc. is our information. We, collectively, should have a say in who can see it and who can use it. We need to find a way to reroute around the people and companies who are trying to control our information.

This seems kind of similar to the Writers Strike. They are putting in a lot of effort (us), the studios are making a lot of money because of that effort (Facebook, etc.), and the writers just want their piece of the action (we want our information)

Decentralization is the name of the game. You try to control us and we will re-route around you. This could be the great theme of Web 3.0/Web Cubed.

We need to stand up and show these companies that we are sick and tired of them making all the money and not being completely open. We should have a grand ‘Facebook Cancellation Day’, maybe even this coming Monday. We would definitely be giving Facebook something ‘sharp’

We have routers for taking care of traffic, DNS servers for resolving names, HTTP for serving pages, RSS for publishing content, and a whole bunch of different silos for storing our most precious information. Something has got to change.


TechCrunch40 and the coming WebCrunch 2.0

The end is coming! With the TechCrunch40 conference this week the wheels have been set in motion for the collapse of the Web 2.0 dream. The hype has officially blown off the lid of any kind of realistic continuation for this version of the Net.

Companies without business plans, or with extremely tenuous ones, being vaulted to the top of the world of tech. At least no one was trying to sell dog food…

This is all good news though. Now we, users and developers alike, can take a step back to take a look at what we’ve done. We’ve all accomplished a lot in the last couple of years. A lot of people have made a lot of money. A lot of people are creating and contributing to the Web. We owe it to ourselves to take a good hard look at what comes next.

We can say: “This is the last version of Web 2.0. It is now time to actively pursue the next version codenamed Web Cubed”

The next version can’t just be an incremental release. The next version of the Web needs to be an order of magnitude better.

So let’s get started.