[thelist] RE: Insight on website ideas?

ANDREA STREIGHT astreight at msn.com
Thu Nov 11 16:50:11 CST 2004

John B:

I really had to laugh at your request, not at you, but at your concept.

The term you are looking for is: WEB SITE.

Web sites, and other internet locations, began as non-commercial places 
where information was posted, catalogued, shared, discussed, debated.

Blogs began as simple web locations where URLS of interest/benefit to other 
users were posted. No boring drivel about personal tastes and problems and 

The internet and web began as text only. It was intellectual, or gaming, or 
technical. Now look at the mess we've created. Some beauty and some great 
functionality, but loads of garbage and blah blah blah insanity.

Check out the classic book NET GAIN: Expanding Markets Through Virtual 
Communities by John Hagel III and Arthur G. Armstrong (Harvard Business 
School Press, 1997) for a model and the theory behind what you're interested 

The reason for the swing into blogs and wikis is due partly to how static 
conventional web sites have become, digital brochures, online catalogs, far 
from the real and original purpose of the net/web.

Internet and web = power to the user, interactivity, virtual community, pull 
not push, information exchange, not a company telling what to think and what 
to buy. Users sharing viewpoints,facts, expertise, and experiences, like 
with Rathergate, etc. Mainstream everything is doomed.

Steven Streight
Web Usability Analyst/Web Artist
astreight at msn.com
vaspersthegrate at yahoo.com

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