Some people merely adopted the web, some were born into it … but those who came online in the early days of the blogosphere were molded by it: They remember what it was like to easily find blogs out there; to debate and build on each other’s ideas in more than 140 characters; to release experiments half-baked or think out loud in public; to write scrappily, not make pronouncements. And so they yearn for the good old days.
But beyond a nostalgia for a shared past, what’s really missing since the more "open" days of the early web? What’s new that wasn’t here before, and what can/should we bring back to make the web great again? From creation and identity to discovery and curation — across blogs, social media, newsletters, and other platforms — the guests in this episode riff, hallway-style, on all this and more: early blogger Tom Coates who was formerly with BBC, Yahoo, etc. (and is currently co-founder of IoT startup Thington); Matt Haughey, who had previously founded MetaFilter, one of the first blog communities (and is currently a writer at Slack); Benedict Evans, who has written about search, discovery, distribution, and platforms (among other things); and Sonal Chokshi.
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Original video: https://soundcloud.com/a16z/open-web-creation-discovery-curation-community-identity?curator=TechREDEF
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