Oh how I love the Web
Is there a better business enabler than the Web? If so, I don't know what it is. Look at CAPS. Not yet two years old, we've nearly 100,000 participants. Roughly half of those have rated stocks. The community intelligence that has since emerged has been, well, brilliant.
Perhaps it's the optimism that comes with writing on the weekend (as opposed to writing on deadline) but, to me, the success of CAPS and other community-driven services, such eBay and Facebook, augurs well for the future of Web-driven computing.
To wit: If crowds are wiser (more Foolish?) than individuals, then why not switch on computing models that embrace and extend connectedness? Community intelligence should work for work as well it works for everything else.
It does for me. Community-driven models allow me to expose my writing to a massive audience instantly. Facebook and Helium, for example. The risk in doping so is that I have to be (a) thick-skinned and (b) really on top of my game. But the risk is worth it. Not only have I increased my opportunities to earn but also to learn.
And I'm not alone; this model is applicable is most industrues. That's why salesforce.com is thriving. Even Microsoft, progenitor of all things PC, gets it.
FWIW, Tim (TMFMileHigh)