This is how we, WE, built OUR internet

At the Lewisham bloggers meet-up one of the many topics of conversation was about those that “get” web 2.0 and those who don’t*.  I think at the time the straw man was Matthew Taylor, but for those who don’t swim in the blogosphere it’s a bit of a weird world; lots of half thoughts, very strange structures for joining in, and more than a few unspoken rules.

But I think I read something today that expresses so much of what I like about the interaction between blogs and bloggers:

“This is how we, WE, built OUR internet – out of links!!!!”

Of course I like the idea that we’re building our own net, that we’re not leaving it up to the big businesses that making lots of money from the net, or the media companies that are trying to get a slice of the action.  That we the small actor can do it differently and faster.

But it’s the social model for doing it that I really like; by finding things we are interested in, or people that we want to have a conversation with and doing the neighbourly thing of saying hello, either in the comment box or via a link.

Bob makes the same point over at Paul’s blog and it seems to me that Kate is finding  blogging a way of linking her with a voice that is being heard loud and clear in our little bit of the ‘sphere and (more importantly for her) in the town hall.

Of course linking isn’t enough, but it’s not a bad start and if you don’t link you don’t get to be part of the conversation.

(Of course, Adam has been listening in real time and it’ll be interesting to see what he’s made of the ideas.)

* we all assumed we do get it!


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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