Separation of Church (Tools) & State (Storage)

Bubbler, announced today, is neat, but why do all these Web 2.0 blogging vendors keep trying to force the storage of content on their own sites? Yes, I understand your business model — $5/month, etc. — but that just doesn’t fly in a Web 2.0, edge-entric world. I may or may not use your tool, and then I will decide — separately — where I will store my content. Forcing the two together demonstrates poor understanding of the world into which you are selling your product — and limits your market unnecessarily.

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Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Mr. Kedrosky, does this get into the issue of who owns the content (the blog entries themselves) or is this a separate issue?
    I’ve looked at Blogger and Typepad, but i don’t understand who owns the content the blogger creates.

  2. Anand Jain says:

    Blogger gives you the option to host the files onto your own server. I use blogger, but host the files on my own server.

  3. David Bennett says:

    It takes a bit of tweaking, but the “community” seems pretty good so I’m not sure why more people are not going to the open source scoop engine.
    http://scoop.kuro5hin.org/
    One feature I like is fully threaded comments which means that impressive dialogues can develop.
    http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/12/30/142458/25
    It’s probably worthwhile to skim the article and commentary because it offers a good look at participatory media by many informed observers, including the complexity and contradiction of the issues. The commentary is probably best read bottom up (subthreads are marked below first levels in this particular format,) several other formats are possible. Comments can also be put in HTML allowing fancy presentations by readers.
    The system also supports “diaries” meaning authorized users can enter comments of their own (typically listed in a side bar.)
    I personally believe a system which merges the blog (which controls presentation of topics and keeps order) with the capacity of a threaded discussion combines 2 revolutionary innovations (the effects of mailing list and Usenet groups is often forgotten,) plus loyal users are built by participation and “community.” The blog potentially becomes a summation of it’s members.
    And because comments can be linked to along with any resulting threads, it allows ideas to expand and extend.
    While commenting is only one issue I would argue that scoop has developed or is developing approaches on a number of others. Tools are important.