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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Communitied Out, Pt 37771

So Tim O'Reilly just kicked off the Web 2.0 conference with a talk about we're not solving big problems. Wait - that sounds just like what we've been discussing repeatedly this year.

Paul Graham just wrote an essay about why good vs evil is a principle to live by for companies. Wait - that sounds like something we've been discussing for the last four years.

Lol. Nice to see you guys finally joining the discussion. An acknowledgement might be nice (if, of course, one is due).

NB - Thanks to everyone who sent me a heads-up about this.

-- umair // 8:03 AM // 15 comments


Umair, while I agree with the general gist of your comment, Jeff and Fred are influential not because of the color of their skin.
// Blogger Gen Kanai // 9:05 AM

Hey, always enjoy your posts. But I believe that you shouldn't be too upset because we're not entirely sure if those people you mentioned really got the idea from your blog only - Just because you thought about the issue doesn't mean they didn't think of the same thing, right? Besides, they may not have read your blog but still could have picked up the thought from someone around them, who read your articles but didn't say so.
// Anonymous Anonymous // 9:07 AM

hey gen,

I think that clearly wasn't my point :)


Yes, that's a possibility. That's why I said if. But you miss the point: not ownership, but inclusion.

Thx for the comments guys.
// Blogger umair // 9:46 AM

Storm their doors and demand to be heard/included. Or keep writing thought provoking pieces starting great conversations and they'll eventually have no choice but to include you. In short, keep doing what you're doing.
// Anonymous Farhan Lalji // 10:15 AM

if you really want to be excluded from the conversation, try mentioning the truth about 9/11. nothing gets you kicked out of the club of cool kids faster than mentioning important truths. :)
// Anonymous kid mercury // 1:39 PM

Maybe they're getting more attention because you are saying "look at me", while they are saying "look at this idea".
// Blogger Asim // 5:14 PM

lol Kid Mercury. And no, I'm not laughing with you.
// Anonymous Zack // 8:34 PM


the point of the post was that i already said "look at this idea" long ago.

if you really think bubblegen is some kind of vehicle for promoting me vs discussing ideas, i'd appreciate it you just stopped reading.

thx for the comment.
// Blogger umair // 10:27 PM

I am not religious, and I am not implying that you're righteous and that there are evil men around you, but...

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. "
// Blogger PM // 4:00 AM

Don't feel bad Umair. People are just now getting the idea that Apple's promise of products that just work and produce joy do you say...real. Only took 30 years.
// Blogger Scott Crawford // 11:06 PM


Don't worry too much about inclusion or attribution etc. Just focus on insights and being ahead of the curve. Things will follow. There are no gate keepers that can stop you.

The only suggestion I will make is that sometime you come across as not very transparent in your comments (you make vague remarks about some companies but don't mention their names). Also you make bold statements (which most of the time sound true to me) but you don't back it up with analysis (still waiting for your analysis of etsy).

Just remember you do have a community, you don't need others to let you in.
// Anonymous Dasher // 2:27 AM

As far as "solving problems" - I think as the economy begins to sink people are going to be looking for alternate ways to do pretty much everything - and they will find creative uses for the net.

No matter how you cut it the Web is literally a half-pie graph of nothing but porn. I really doubt this will change anytime soon.

Last thing, there's a saying that " just because you helped start a revolution doesn't mean your going to benefit from it"...876
// Blogger one // 4:03 AM

The way I feel reading most discussion around Web 2.0 is it's just an umbrella of encapsulated privilege looking for excuses to have wallow in it's narcissism , so if somebody wants to create the nth million youtube or hot-or-not rip-off who cares - if they seriously think it "is something" or that they can make money from it then let them.

People always find alternative creative uses for technology outside the just may not be apparent if your focus is silicon valley or reading techcrunch or whatever.


Those gentlemen didn't steal your words or ideas - they downloaded and remixed them to share with their friends.

// Blogger one // 3:58 AM

hey umair

the thing about great ideas is that they echo in many a minds..

i know you were there long before they realized where there is. They are heavily promoted by their PR, a "core" strategy that is becoming decadent. You are the edge guru, and here is more respect from the edge: thanks for starting the echo!
// Blogger Riff // 7:27 AM

A long awaited acknowledgement?
// Anonymous Alberto // 5:56 PM

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