07 January 2011

What the web is for

According to Paul Ford, the web's unique quality is to satisfy our need to be consulted, the WWIC (why wasn't I consulted) need. In Ford's view WWIC accounts for web phenomena from Wikipedia, YouTube etc. to Ebay, Digg and Amazon.

Maybe. I wouldn't make the claim so strongly. But it's a useful shorthand, along the lines of '15 minutes of fame', and I'm sure will be much quoted.

The illustration comes from a charming comment on the news of Clive Sinclair's marriage. Makes Ford's point beautifully.

[via Tim O'Reilly]

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