Well my self imposed absence from this idea also meant I missed out on the voting for the Google Project 10 to the 100. I resolved to myself that this idea wouldn’t make it into the final 100 because I knew that unless I could somehow bring some coherency to it then nobody would really be motivated to get involved. I was really impressed to see all the great ideas that were posted up onto YouTube also – a lot of people really put an immense amount of effort to try to bring these ideas into the light. Funnily the last time I looked at any comments written on my video presented I got ‘Wierd Wacko’!!! – Huh Thanks – Mildly embarrassed by this I decided I wouldn’t go forward with presenting the idea any more but work on it on my own, in my own time. My own personal weakness came into play I must admit and I almost resolved to bin the lot and hope everyone would forget about my strange ideas and the struggle to work them out. I was really only pulled back when I saw that the voting for Project 10 to the 100 had been completed!!! This stirred it all up again and I had to look to see what happened. However, what happened to my notification? Never mind, maybe I lost it in the post…
I am somewhat confused with what Google has done though – they seem to have take the best of the ideas and taken it all for themselves. Is this really what has happened?
I know it promised good Karma if nothing else to the 150,000 who worked on their best for changing the world for a better place, so maybe that is all they get, no more mention by Google, into the archives of history go all the ideas, if indeed they are accessible, most I know are now OWNED by the company.
I feel Google has made a serious mistake here, my own humble opinion it may be, but I feel strongly that this is exactly what will underpin their downfall.
They are a company – If you have read anything on here you will know my sentiment on that kind of identity – and they will protect their assets, for their own profits, whether public or private. It is this thinking, especially after reading through all the terms and conditions that made me pull BeyondOneWorld away from using any of Google’s Apps and pulling it into one place out of the way and try to maintain everything myself – hard work!.
The Internet is allowing a real paradigm shift in the way that people interact with the world around them, the company has no future in this shift and Google especially will weaken to the social networks developing apart from them.
Ignore the individual and you lose – the individual and their connections with each other and what they want are the most powerful kinetic driving forces of the Internet.
The rise of Twitter and Facebook allowing for these shared networks I feel will overtake the importance of just information delivery and will be the next step in evolution. Both these companies have scaled well, especially Facebook, with its ability to share applications among millions of users through an interface and a lot more progress will be seen here.
But the main block is still there – it is owned ‘by the few ‘and used by the many.
They hold all the information and media produced by individuals who only wish to share to each other as friends and neighbours. How can this be OWNED!!!
I did set up ADS0.com as a way of figuring out how to make the social network completely owned by the individuals that use it but there is so much work to do to get that under way that again, it has taken second place to the more immediate priorities of life. Also straight away there were attempts by quite a few to use it as a means of gaining Pagerank so I had to block (most of) them.
Somehow though, we do need to work this out. We need to share completely in the responsibility of how things will work. It needs to be totally transparent and everyone must have an equal voice in it. In essence the theme behind BeyondOneWorld – or whatever anyone wants to call it. It cannot be through some technocracy controlled by a limited set of our understanding of the world, but driven by the best of everything that we now, putting in place our most ideal aspirations as a means of directing our effort.
This whole process rises up through all our personal interactions with each other and becomes a whole means of government. I don’t want to use the word democracy any more as it still requires a center of power, all the power must be completely flattened and allow every person in the world decide on exactly what, how and why things should be done. I favour the term Omnicracy – and I should put together an article to describe the meaning – because every individual has an equal amount of power to make any change. The only way these changes can be agreed on will be through some kind of social network, allowing people to discuss, agree or disagree, collaborate or even play at any time they wish, for their own individual reasons.
The problem is … and always was … what to do next …
In essence, I feel that Project 10 to the 100 has failed the people who dedicated their time and their best ideas and the spotlight will be now on the entity Google to make the world a better place – on their own.