Saturday, February 23, 2008

Adding value to free internet information

This is a very insightful article (HT: FreeGovtInfo) about adding value to free information and it seems to pretty much define blogging:
"The internet is a copy machine....When copies are super abundant, they become worthless. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can't be copied becomes scarce and valuable. When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied. Well, what can't be copied?" He discusses eight "generative values" that are better than free:

immediacy, personalization, interpretation, authenticity, accessibility, embodiment, patronage and findability.