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I've been looking at the different trends in digital media and have started developing a common theory in terms of the issues relating to music, TV, phone service, weblogs, and software and the impact the Internet has on all those business models. From there, I came to a conclusion that what the Internet does well is break apart what were once aggregated products in its smaller components, wreaking havoc with the economic models established around the bundling concept. In this entry, I analyze how the concept of modularity is impact business and how they can react.

What is a module?
A module is the smallest logical unit of a product. Modules can generally be bundled in larger groups to create a new product. For example, if you look at the music business, a song would be a module and an album would be a group of modules.

A module is small and therefore is always the enemy of big. Because it is small, it moves fast. Because it is small, it sometimes needs to associate with other modules to create something big. Because it is small, it is inexpensive and because it is inexpensive, it resists bundling.

What is the modular by design approach?
The modular by design approach is a concept I would like to introduce which can be quoted as such:
A modular by design issue is one where a problem, industry, group, can be broken down into increasingly modular parts, revolutionizing the business models on which the aggregation of those small parts was based.

Who should worry about the modular by design approach?
In one word, everyone. When push comes to shove, the majority of today's business models are based on some kind of aggregation. When services and products are packaged together, that's an aggregated model; when your TV station offers a number of shows, that's an aggregated model; when a company bundles hardware and software, that's an aggregated model. Aggregated models can be seen everywhere; they are the enemy of modular design. And because modular designs are small and fast, they act as David did against Goliath, taking him down when people didn't think that was possible.

2005-05-13, door
Inne ten Have

Small Pieces Loosely Joined 
Het laatste boek van David Weinberger, co-auteur van The Cluetrain Manifesto beschrijft dit concept op een mooie wijze.
Hier staat het weblog van David Weinberger
2005-05-13, door Inne ten Have

Mashup Feed 
Deze website geeft een overzicht van sites die gebaseerd zijn op het combineren van applicaties van anderen zoals: GoogleMaps, Amazon, Flickr, YahooMaps, VirtualEarth, del.icio.us, eBay, Yahoo, MSNMessenger en YahooGeocode.
2006-02-20, door Inne ten Have

Modular Software... Or Modular Communities? 
If you've been around software for any length of time, you've heard about the concept of "modular software" (...) The idea is that programmers would create basic software "components" that others would then take and clip together like legos to build their own offerings. The problem is that this has almost never worked. Sure, maybe a few components here or there, but despite repeated promises, developers often found it was easier in the end to just build things themselves.

Of course, more recently, this has taken a web twist -- with what was formerly called "web services" having been given a shinier, more marketing friendly name in the form of "Web 2.0."


It's not that the software has become easier to develop thanks to open APIs and such, but that software can now connect into online services with much more ease. It's those services that are not easily replicated. In other words, the challenge isn't about being able to easily reuse software, but to use the connectivity to tap into resources that can't just be built (such as communities or large data stores). The problem in the past was that, when it came down to it, the need for modular software was never that great, because it was often easier/better/more flexible to just write your own software. What makes some of these newer offerings more interesting (though, admittedly, the interesting ones are often mixed in with an awful lot of junk) is that they're able to tap into actual communities and build on top of them.

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Gevonden door Mike op TechDirt
2006-04-05, door Inne ten Have

Mashup feed (2): ProgrammableWeb 
ProgrammableWeb is where you can keep-up with the latest mashups, what's new and interesting with Web 2.0 APIs, and the Web as Platform in general.

I started this site because I couldn't find what I was looking for: a technology focused starting point for web platform development. Although no guarantees, the last time I started a reference site it somehow became one of Google's highest rated links on the topic. Given that this site will be a collaborative effort with community input as well, this can be what we make it.

I hope you find the site useful.
John Musser

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2006-11-13, door Inne ten Have

9 Awesome Community Mapping Websites 
A community mapping website, in our definition, is a service that gets its members to map and define places. Through crowd-sourcing, these sites are building a database/directory of local and nearby locations that their users can discover and visit. Why is this important? We all know that search advertising is the fastest growing industry in the Internet. Within that market, local search is the up-and-comer. In the next few years, it will be the largest segment within search!

It’s refreshing to see how others have approached community mapping. Some have focused on map creation while others do it through mobile apps. More than that, some players have mapped the community of users to map the physical community (i.e. neighborhoods). Here’s how nine websites (all free) are doing it, what makes them awesome and how you can use their services in your Internet life.
  1. Wikimapia – Describing the Whole World
  2. Wayfaring – Following Everybody
  3. Platial – The People’s Atlas
  4. Frappr – Social Mapping
  5. Placeopedia – Mapping Wikipedia
  6. Tagzania – Tagging the Planet
  7. Plazes – Knows Where
  8. Yelp – Community Reviews
  9. Dodgeball – Connecting with Friends
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Gevonden op Rrove Blog
2006-12-06, door Inne ten Have



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