Thursday Mar 22, 2007

Web 2.0 Developer Matter: Make Sure You Know Who Your Customers Are!

 

Mark Cuban is not as maverick as he often pretends to be. His recent blog on the GooTube vs Viacom case is quiet insightful and right on the money on the most important issue developers should be concerned when building Web 2.0 services:

"Ebay knows their customers. Loopnet knows their customers. I happen to believe that its key that the "Service Provider" have a real business and infringing action by its users is as much a problem to the Provider as it is to the copyright owner. An ISP makes money with the monthly bill. Ebay makes money from transactions. A real estate hosting company makes money from listings. They all know exactly who their customers are and if one of them uploads infringing materials, they can actually identify the person and if they do it repetitively remove them. In either case, it doesn't change or impact their core business and it helps identify those who dont respect copyright and gives the content owner the option of taking action."

If you are looking to build and deploy a Web 2.0 service make sure you identify and know who your users are. By the way, Sun's has the industry leading Identity Management system to help you build your Web 2.0 services, and helped develop JXTA, the industry leading open-source P2P platform that provides peer identity and security as a core platform feature :-)

Go Mavericks!

Friday Feb 09, 2007

Information or Disinformation: P2P traffic 60% of the Internet Traffic?

Interesting article. While we should give credit to Bittorent and other P2P applications, I am not convinced this statistics is right (in the first place how do you measure such broad traffic percentage, are we truly accounting for all available cross-bandwidth  between all edge peers in the Internet, or just cross-traffic bandwidth between a few main Internet infrastructure routers). Looking at the success of YouTube, Metacafe, etc.. I have the hitch that still most of the Internet overall traffics is coming from centralized download services that are creating even greater traffic and bottlenecks  :-)

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