Das schöne an Jeff Jarvis: er kennt sich zwar technisch nicht wirklich aus (wage ich einmal zu behaupten, dafür liegt er mit manchen Statements zu krass daneben, sag ich jetzt mal so), aber er hat sehr oft einen guten Blick auf die Technologien, etwa in Google Base v. microformats:
What we need instead is a means of letting you tag and structure your data so it can be found reliably by any search engine no matter where it is on the internet. That would stay true to the distributed internet Google has so masterfully exploited.
I wish I were hearing more noise from the microformats guys to act as competitors — or at least as pressure on Google for openness and standards.
… And imagine if you could go to Google or other services — e.g., Indeed and SimplyHired for jobs or Baristanet for three Jersey towns — and see the tags they use so you can swarm around those tags and find and be found. That’s the openness we need. If Google spearheads that with a truly open API that can be adapted by the community, then great. That is our distributed marketplace. But if not, then Google is only trying to recreate the centralized marketplaces of old — otherwise known as newspapers. That worked for newspapers when they had monopolies. They don’t anymore. Does Google think it has a monopoly?
update 21.11: siehe auch das