Tuesday, May 29, 2007

My idea...

Paul Stamatiou writes that to make a lot of money on the internet, all you need is a great idea.

Here's my idea; whether it's great or not is not determined.

As the blogging market shakes out, withfew exceptions the individual blog is not the dominant model. Most of the leading blogs are either affiliates or under a corporate umbrella. This has numerous advantages -- I know that I do not write enough that a daily check of a personal blog for me would be worthwhile.

What was nice about the individual blog model was that there could be one source for all of someone's writings. As it is my writing is spread out, some stuff here, other stuff at my personal blog, some in comment threads (including WordPress, Blogger and HaloScan), Fray posts, newsgroups, and other forum software.

It would be nice to have a way to integrate all these sources into one page.

Now, this would require cooperation from each of these sources, but I don't think it would be terribly onerous. It would pretty much take each of them to have RSS feeds by username, since they require userid logins.

Then, these feeds could be mashed together for an integrated view of whatever I've posted online.

I also think there will be increasing demand for tools to manage one's online profile.