Marc Canter’s Content Mesh

PaidContent writes:

Canters vision of the web is a content mesh – a logical extension of the tools we have now but with much more connection and portability of data between sites and services. He defined content more broadly including spam, user profiles, marketing blurb and even the people actually in a community and thinks that users will become wise to the fact that their data is valuable (and interestingly enough the teenagers in the last panel of the day said as much). MySpace think they own that data because they gave users the service for free. But people will wake up to the power of their own data – how come you can monetize my data but I cant? Who owns our content? he asked. Since social capital is content, user profile data is content, a users own media is content – if my content is locked up in social network and I cant get it out, thats theft. He envisages tens of millions of decentralized networks outside control of large companies and a two-way highway to let data move freely between platforms. He said Yahoo! and AOL are the two biggest players in interconnecting content in this way and that Apple, Microsoft, Google and MySpace are the enemy – they will keep as closed as they can for as long as possible.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.