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May 7, 2007
The "Power and Danger" of Web 2.0
Verne Kopytoff had an interesting think piece last week on SFGate about the pressure on Digg to resist takedown notices, particularly in regard to the "Oh Nine Eff Nine" dust-up.
Kopytoff quotes Digg co-founder Kevin Rose as saying:
You'd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. [...] If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying."
Which is noble sentiments, don't get me wrong, but misses the point. Digg isn't creating this controversy. Nor are Digg's 'readers' saying "keep on writing about this." Digg's readers are its writers and they're saying "stop messing with my/our stuff."
There are serious challenges to these kinds of models. The line between a 'crowd' and a 'mob' is very thin and organizations with deep pocketbooks and high-priced legal staffs are certainly going to continue to weigh in.
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