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Robert Young

Hey Michael,

Excellent post! Your thought process here is pretty much exactly what I went through when I wrote this post for Om... http://gigaom.com/2005/09/08/inherent-truths-and-value-of-community/.

That said, if you continue to think through it and "follow the money", the meaningful inflection point IMO will come when the gap between ad rates for Google and community sites decrease materially. In other words, when that happens, the power will truly shift to the prosumer. That's why I subsequently wrote this post... http://gigaom.com/2005/11/03/my-space-part-deux/. Realize that, in terms of pageviews, community pages are the only ones that can challenge search pageviews.

Andy

You're definitely right-on with the whole interoperability thing. I think, however, than an open-source project just might be capable of being that "Uber-Trillian." After all, small utilities such as YPops! already let me access my free Yahoo account with a POP3 client (making my life much simpler). Why not take that a step further?

http://andypull.blogspot.com

Roland Tanglao

i think you are looking for Marc Canter's digital lifestyle aggregator which gathers together what you want (from wherever it is and it won't be all in one place!) in a way you want unlike the cr*ppy portals from Google, Yahoo, MSN et al!

Rick

Great post, Michael. I think the best example of this are social networking sites like MySpace and Friendster. It's ridiculous that in order to be on both networks, you have to have two separate profiles, with two separate networks of friends and two separate message inboxes. There should be interoperability, with the functionality of a service being the deciding factor of who wins and who loses customers.

I think the exact same thing can be said for portals.

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