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Re: Squaring the HTTP-range-14 circle [was Re: Schema.org in RDF ...]

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:38:43 +0100
Cc: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-Id: <256D696E-1271-4E57-9E08-25DC2D6BF3F9@cyganiak.de>
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
On 16 Jun 2011, at 07:05, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:
>> >> I think that we are beyond the point where that kind of extremely idealised account is useful for evaluating web technologies.
>> >
>> > We will agree to disagree then. Perhaps in another thread you will say
>> > what *will* be useful for evaluating web technologies.
>> Adoption trends, ergonomics, fit with the existing technology ecosystem, existence of migration paths, marketability, potential of network effects.
> Does what the technology *accomplishes* fit in there somewhere?

Web technologies are never about accomplishing anything new; they are about taking something that already works on a small and local scale, and making it work across the internet with its loosely coordinated actors.

> Looking at the above, one might conclude that a successful Ponzi scheme of some sort would score well.  


If you want to look at it that way, standards, like anything that exhibits network effects, are a bit like a ponzi scheme: once you're inside, you benefit from getting others in your vicinity on board. The difference is that “late adopters” in a ponzi scheme are the suckers who lose their investment; while late adopters of a standard get the largest benefit at the smallest cost.

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