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passion+inspiration = innovation

Eric Marden
September 23, 2007

passion+inspiration = innovation

A brief history of the internet -- from the view point of building new features out of old ones.

Eric Marden

September 23, 2007
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  1. passion + inspiration =
    innovation
    by eric marden { xentek.net }

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  2. passion
    primary (or primal) ingredient

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  3. what are my passions?
    music
    art
    culture
    technology

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  4. what are your passions?
    discover
    embrace
    cultivate
    extend

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  5. if you don’t have a passion
    you don’t have a pulse

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  6. your passion will give
    you purpose
    surround yourself with people
    that share your passion
    your job shouldn’t pick your
    friends, your passions should

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  7. BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of... being helped by hidden
    hands?
    JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a
    superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all
    the time - namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a
    kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the
    life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see
    that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open
    doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and
    doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
    Joseph Campbell once said:

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  8. inspiration
    fuel for your fire

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  9. there are no new ideas
    only new iterations

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  10. the conversation. evolved
    an incomplete history of the internet

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  11. In the beginning...
    ... was the BBS.
    Users dialed up a server and
    left messages for each other.

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  12. That gave way to...
    ... the Forum.
    Innovated by CompuServe as a
    way to ‘centralize’ the BBS system.
    Still required ‘permission’ and
    special ‘access’.

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  13. Which became...
    ... the Message Board.
    Internet Version of the Forum.
    Access is (mostly) open to the internet
    at large.
    Still an asynchronous communication
    model

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  14. Then the ‘me’ gene kicked in...
    ...And the Weblog was born.
    Satisfied both a publishing problem
    and a need to communicate.
    Comments were soon added, which
    created a ‘one person’ message
    board, of sorts.

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  15. And then ‘Web 2.0’ arrived...
    RSS turned updates on its head.
    MySpace bastardized the blog and the private
    message.
    Twitter micro-sized the blog post.
    Pownce improved it and made it a group activity.
    And 1000s of other iterations...

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  16. there are no new ideas
    only new iterations

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  17. innovation
    the spark of genius

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  18. So what became of the
    conversation?
    Message Boards and Blogs evolved in separate
    spaces, serving different needs.
    Social networking turned the internet on its head.
    Then someone decided to marry the two...

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  19. The Blog Forum or ‘Flog’
    Drawing on obvious prior art,
    the Blog Forum was born by
    creating a new system to
    house the conversation.

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  20. So let’s see some examples

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  21. Icon Buffet Free Delivery
    icon trading social network

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  22. icon buffet: features
    Lightweight Profile
    Folksonomy Invites
    Social Connections
    ‘Game’-Like System
    keeps you motivated

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  23. icon buffet: features
    And the Blog Forum...
    Posts are made and
    shown from the profile
    page
    Comments appear
    here too

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  24. icon buffet: blog forum
    All posts are organized
    under a couple of
    different topics.
    Users can find the post
    in the Blog Forum or
    on the Profile
    Turns blogs into a
    community experience

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  25. asoboo
    international creative community

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  26. asoboo: features
    Lightweight Profile
    Allows your Flickr, RSS,
    and other Feeds to be
    plugged in for parsing
    on your profile
    Has a blog forum,
    but...

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  27. asoboo: blog forum
    asoboo turns the Blog
    Forum concept inside
    out
    Everything is a
    comment - groups,
    blogs, etc.
    Every comment is
    shown on the Profile

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  28. The post (comment) is the
    base unit of measurement
    of the conversation
    It’s not where you say it - It’s what you have to
    say.

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  29. Where to go from here?
    Some things to think about

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  30. What concepts can you
    extend?
    And how does it dovetail with your passions

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  31. Scratch your own itch
    And success is possible.
    Do anything else, and it’s a Job.

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  32. Fire your Boss
    And go start something

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  33. What would life be like if we
    had no courage to attempt
    anything?
    Vincent Van Gogh

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  34. Do the thing you fear the
    most and the death of fear
    is certain.
    Mark Twain

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  35. Links
    http://www.iconbuffet.com/people/xentek
    http://www.asoboo.com/
    http://xentek.net/

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