Scott Hanselman told us that our words are wasted, and then went on to ask how his post was controversial? Well...
- He said that my words are wasted?
- He told me that I'm not blogging enough?
- He implied that Google and Facebook will SURELY fail?
It's not like I don't agree with Scott on a number of points. I've hosted my own blog in the past and even written my own blogging platform. In terms of portability, I created BlogML to help allow people to move from service to service. And regardless, controversy is not such a bad thing. I just don't think that the article was his best piece of writing (I hold him to a much higher standard than I hold myself :) One point I have trouble with in the post is the list of things that we apparently find ourselves asking over and over again:
|Is a free or cheap social network for the people?||?||?||?||?|
|Let's me control my content?||?||?||?||?|
|Allows export of everything ?||?||?||?||?|
|Allows me to own what I type?||?||?||?||?|
|Has an open API for my content?||?||?||?||?|
|Allows search posts over a month old?||?||?||?||?|
|Limits available usernames?||?||?||?||?|
|Allows me to be 'verified'?||?||?||?||?|
Is that the full list of 'product attributes' or is it constantly changing. And how do you find a single product which meets those needs while also staying current with constantly changing expanding list of product features that users need. And what is the cost of meeting those needs with any single boxed product?
The current state of software services is such a moving target and I'm continually rethinking how I use my journal to link it with and help my daily activities. That includes things such as being able to link activities by location, having content delivered to whatever device I'm on, sharing stuff easily through a variety of ways, embedding rich content such as maps and documents through to having a variety of different privacy and sharing options.
I feel like I'm trying stuff out to help improve my life's process flow.
So I tend to focus on the benefits of that I get from "renting" an existing service and not so much on the fact that some greedy NASDAQ listed company is making money from my effort. Those benefits include:
- I get a fancier "apartment" :)
- There are often added perks over the choices I have otherwise
- I get to share costs/overheads with multiple tenants
- It is generally cheaper and easier to relocate
- Boring maintenance work is often removed
- For me, I believe that there are reduced risks
So, as with most things in life, there are choices and trade-offs.