Total Web Density in real time from the site of Tim Berners-Lee talk on the Open Web and Business
TBL is giving a talk on the future of the web and business to the Royal Society right now. In a wide ranging discussion its hard to pick the gems. Some interesting point:
- Twitter is popular, but there seems to be a lack of discussion. Perhaps twitter will fail to provide a collaborative public forum. Rather it is a place where radical opinions shout at each other.
- AOL and Facebook provide cultivated guards that new users like, but over time people grow tired of a tended garden and will seek to "go over the wall" in to the jungle. We at the Web 3.0 Lab are seeing this process in a movement from Facebook Social Network to the larger Twitter universe. Interesting idea but far from established.
- Presently the web technology framework is being built by techie's hunches about what might be cool. There is a need to develop a better understand of the relationship between Society, Economic and Technology which take in to accounts dynamics. Berners-Lee gives an example spam. Email in an academic setting worked fine, but once it was rolled out spam became a logical consequence of economic forces, which reduced value of email.
- TBL stated the obvious fact that the web is changing the scientific method and perhaps making it more democratic.
- There is a value of civil society building its own filtering and monitoring systems before central groups can establish one. This can prevent building a framework for censorship.
- TBL thinks that Web Science may be essential to building a stable economic system. That given the potential chaos of the web in business a better understanding is needed to guide government policy.
Tweeting density from the location is very high. As one would anticipate in a Web Sciences talk with Tim Berners-Lee