Two random stories struck me as odd today.
The first is Forrester's contention that spending on Web 2.0 will grow 43 percent each year to hit $4.3 billion in 2013. What does this mean? How does one purchase Web 2.0? Tim O'Reilly, who coined the term, has repeated over and over what Web 2.0 is and what it isn't (and recently gave InformationWeek props for getting it right). Forrester seems to be quantifying what it isn't.
It's not blogs and wikis, Forrester. Those may be means to the end, but they're not the end. They're not Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is all about data. You can't buy that. You have to grow it. If that's what you meant, good for you. But skip the headline next time and strive for accuracy. (I'm very good at that one. :-)
The second news item is that eBay is suing Craig Newmark and other directors of Craigslist for allegedly unfairly diluting eBay's interest in the Craigslist. If you've ever met the Craigslist guys or heard them speak, they seem about as unconcerned with making a buck as anyone I've met. I remember Tim O'Reilly at OSCON a few years back trying to glean the secrets of their success. The Craigslist CEO kept deadpanning, "We just give it all away and don't try to make money. We don't have a strategy."
It took eBay this long to figure out that its interest in Craigslist wasn't going to appreciate in value, even as the Craigslist service explodes in consumer value? The corporate logo is a peace sign, for heaven's sake!
All I can say is, suing Craig Newmark is like suing Santa Claus. Shame on you, eBay.