Tim and Rael generally kick-off ETech with their list of patterns seen
appearing or taking prominence over the past 12 months. Here is the 2005 vintage in cryptic form:
- Release open, early, often and encourage comments and contributions
- Syndicated E-Commerce
- Perpetual Beta: don't go for monolithic releases
- Users add value to shared data: less emphasis on proprietary technology as a differentiation (especially in the consumer Internet world).
- Networks effect by default: make participation the default in order to foster participation.
- Monetize the long tail: Google adwords.
- Social Networking is broken because you have to re-enter your friends in each and every application. The social fabric has to come from the tools that know about our social interactions (email, IM,...).
- Data is the next "Intel inside": companies building unique datasets will be able to build strong positions in their vertical (NAVTeq provider to GoogleMaps, etc.).
- Define the right size chunk for your application to be consumed, likewise for your content (example of O'Reilly Hacks now being assembled on-demand).
. Hardware Hacks (basis for the new magazine, MAKE)
. Ruby on Rails: being able to develop real-world applications with simple design and almost no code
. Data visualization
. "The P in P2P is People" - Dave Winer.