Small Pieces, Loosely Joined

I like Mitch Kapor so much. Even if M$ did buy Groove. His summary of O’Reilly’s emerging tech conference is short and sweet. Cribbing relentlessly:

* Build with “Small Pieces, Loosely Joined”: (borrowing the David Weinberger book title)
* Design for participation, e.g., have users add value to your data (Amazon user book reviews)
* Make participation the default: Aggregate user data as a side effect. (Flickr’s default for sharing is public)
* Data is the next “Intel Inside”: owning a unique, hard-to-replicate data source as a competitive advantage

/me idly ponders the intersection between this and Fedora… *crackle*

Oh, and also, playing the new Yahoo! Buzz game, which is nifty. Pretend stock market for tech buzzwords. It promises to be great fun. The markets are still a bit underdeveloped at this point; I bought 1000 shares of Fedora, and it went up a dollar. Yeeeeeah, that’s a pretty big float.

Of course, I’m tempted to cheat, and it’s perilously easy: buy up a stock, create bogus accounts to buy that stock up, dump the stock, do it again with another stock. That’s clearly what your leader “gogogo” is doing. But hey — it’s still a cool idea. I do look forward to seeing Yahoo! put together their own version of the SEC, though.

Small Pieces, Loosely Joined

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