We’ve lost, in many ways, the rough edged amateur view that made the earlier web such a tool for growth and change. I’m looking hard for where that space is now, because that’s where the next evolution is going to come from.
I agree with him on this. It seems like all of the content I use to look for has disappeared. The platform of choice for all of my real life friends is Facebook or Twitter and that platform just isn’t conducive to generating the conversations that I’d like to have. I think that the article DaveP pointed me to gives a good explanation of why that is:
Nearly every social network now treats a link as just the same as it treats any other object – the same as a photo, or a piece of text. You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting. But links are not objects, they are relations between objects. This objectivisation has stripped hyperlinks of their immense powers.
See, on my ‘blog I can write and point to other articles that back up my points. Facebook gives me one chance and then doesn’t allow me to link it in context to exactly what I’m writing. I think we are losing a lot of the richness found in ‘blogs when the conversation is only on Facebook.