Web 2.0 Overload

September 11th, 2007 | Categories: financing, off topic, social media, trends, video

Is it just me or is web 2.0 suffering from a stagnant lapse? Don’t get me wrong - I love the concept of web 2.0 and social media. That definitely isn’t the problem. The lack of innovation and inferior business models are what bother me most. Add to that the fact that ideas are being ripped off and clones are abundant. Honestly, do we need another social bookmarking site or a generic video portal?

This lack of creativity and thought around business models is quite discouraging. A business plan full of buzz words and a flashy PowerPoint just don’t cut it anymore. What users really want is value; they want a service they can use. This seems obvious, but I can’t believe how many ridiculous ideas continue to be funded.

What about revenue models? We all know that a majority of start-ups are dependent upon Google ads as their key income generator. Truly, this is not a sustainable model. Unless a given property is able to generate millions of page views a month, then such a model is impractical. Creating a paid service isn’t difficult. Creating a truly compelling service and convincing the customer that it’s worth the price is the hard part. If there is a stunning value proposition for the end user, they will pay. One thing to keep in mind is the general trend that (almost) all Internet services eventually progress to free.

Having said all that, I am optimistic that the tables will turn. Despite all the clutter in the web 2.0 space, we have witnessed the growth of some remarkable start-ups over the past year, most notably Twitter. I refuse to use the term ‘bubble’ in this context, but I do believe that changes are in the pipeline. Funding will become more scarce and investors will become more selective. Hopefully this will weed out the crap and pave the way for innovative new ideas. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.


  1. Michael Says:

    Do you have any good ideas for a company?

  2. Aidan Says:


    I have a few ideas that I think are noteworthy. But talk is cheap. Execution is the key. Right now I’m not in a position to execute on my ideas. Having said that, I am working full-time for a very small start-up (2 people) that I think could revolutionize the industry. It is only a month or so in the making, but I will let you know when it time comes to launch.


  3. Fred Andresson Says:

    eBlizz.com is the answer you are looking for. eBlizz releases its new SmartClient today and are demonstrating their new take on Web2.0 at the SF Beta tonight - Tue 26th of Sept. 2007.

    The eBlizz take on web2.0 is based on content creation - sharing and interaction with various Social Networks and Webservices.

    The eBlizz concept is farfetching and way out compared to present web centric services popping up, copying each other.

    Look out for these guys and try it out. They go live today from what I’ve heard.


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