Feedster, RSS, and the Always On Hyperlink

by William Grosso

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Ever feel like there's been too many inflection points in the recent history of the web? Like there's something huge brewing, but you're not sure what it is? I sure do. While on a daily basis, it might seem like the web is fairly static, there's been a ton of change over the past 18 months. For example:

None of these bullet-points are news to anyone reading The O'Reilly Network. But when you put them all together, and you look at the content that's on the web, and the way we access it, and how often we access it, it's amazing how many things are changing, and how different the web is, from a year ago.

The hard question is: where, if anywhere, does all this all lead?

Does anyone have a grasp on some piece of the big picture?

Scott Rafer, CEO of Feedster, might. That's why I invited him to speak at SDForum's Emerging Technology SIG on January 13.
Here's the abstract from his talk:

Since the Internet bubble burst in 2000, always-on consumer broadband hit critical mass and the mobile Internet got going in earnest. As online usage habits in South Korea have repeatedly shown, pervasiveness of connectivity matters and matters non-linearly. The US, while well behind the last-mile broadband deployment curve, has hit sufficient critical mass to foster significant new innovation in Internet applications: social network software, the social networks themselves, and most significantly, weblogging. All these applications, plus ones we will see within a couple years but can not yet predict, are predicated on hyperlink schemes that are persistent, metadata rich, and characterize geometrically denser link meshes than anything assembled before 2002. These new Internet applications are far more valuable (Reed.com), both in terms of economics and utility, than the prior generation of Internet applications which were architected when connectivity was primarily intermittent. Beyond the applications themselves, a whole new generation of utilities, including transaction engines, directories, and search engines, are necessary to rationalize the web for users.

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might want to stop by and hear what he has to say.

What do you think Scott should be talking about?