Monday, January 19, 2009

Web 2.0 = Die

Google recently announced that they were closing down some services. By closing down, it means that they won't be allocating resources to them any more.

... It just seems all too fickle.

Like data and what we produce means nothing.

Maybe I'm thinking of things like Twitter and another blog post I recently read.

But it seems like the the whole 'Web 2.0' formula was/is:
  • Make a site
  • Get users
  • ?
  • Profit


But what if the users never come. By 'users' we mean a crap load of users to be viable.

Perhaps then you shut up shop? I mean it goes like this:
  • Launch: June 2007
  • Open to public: 2008
  • Shut up shop: December 15, 2008

What happens to your users? Couldn't you have just transitioned/merged the service over to your new owners? If it's so cheap to set up a Web 2.0 site, can't you just keep it running?

Our Facebooks our fickle lives.