Will Human Laziness Burst The Web 2.0 Bubble?



…without your neighbor/classmate/sister/girlfriend’s tireless devotion to keeping her profile up-to-date, MySpace would merely be a place for FOX to promote its properties. Without a horde of news junkies yearning to see their username in digital print, Digg would be an ugly page of yellow and white.

And that is why the Web 2.0 era will come to end sooner rather than later. Because if there is one immutable law of humankind, it is that we are really, really lazy. >>Full Story

Thoughts// A thought provoking and possibly ridiculous (at the same time) post from Seth Porges at the CrunchGear blog. The post poses the argument that the ‘Web 2.0′ bubble, i.e., MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia, et al., will burst because of basic human laziness. An idea which has some parallels with a San Francisco Chronicle article we covered last week. While certain elements of the article are valid points, like the idea of losing interest in a project (in this case a social networking site), the overall article should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, the article does make you think about the state of this Web 2.0 movement. In the travel industry, we should be aware of the possible effects because of too much user-generated content. Although we have seemingly not reached that point, when does 459 posts about the buffet at a hotel in Las Vegas become too much? When does a user say to themselves, ‘I just want to read what a expert thinks.’ Or do we ever reach the point?

In addition, the post does bring to light another ‘law of humankind’…that we are always looking for an easier way to do anything. It is the same basic reason why people starting using Google, because it was easier (to search and find what you are looking for) than previous search engines. So, the question is not if the concept of UGC and social networking sites will fail, but what is the next site that will make connecting with your friends, co-workers or book club even easier.

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