Just as the crown of thorns starfish can decimate a reef, if Google buys Feedburner, will it become the crown of thorns, upsetting the RSS ecosystem?
Via Seb Schmoller:
- It is now simpler for citizens to organise or search digital things as they themselves decide, rather than for them to be classified for them.
- The links between digital things, and the tags and other attributes that people give them create a rich layer of meaning that can be drawn upon by others.
- The difference between data and meta-data is disappearing (except the the extent that meta-data is "what you know", and data is "what you are looking for". (this is the best definition of meta-data I have ever seen)
- Through Wikipedia and blogs and similar there is an increasingly public negotiation of knowledge, in which experts are decreasingly the arbiters of authority. (not sure I totally agree with this one)