There have been a lot of folks who have been down on the current state of Web startups. They said there is nothing interesting and nothing innovative happening. I think thats a load of bull.
There is a revolution that’s happening online right now but it’s not sexy or exciting enough to be written about in newspapers or major blogs.
The Web is being broken apart into smaller bits. Seems like everyone has some type of RSS feed, API, structured microformatted data, or a platform on which to build upon.
The most important thing is no longer your Web site. It’s making the content, services, and functionality of your Web site available so that your users can consume it however and where ever they please. Steve Rubel has a GREAT article about this, “The Future is Web Services, Not Web Sites.”
Seems like this was the BIG theme at the Future of Web Apps conference in Miami that I attende a few weeks ago.
At SXSW, folks were announcing new platforms and APIs like it was going out of style. For example, my friends at MapQuest just announced a free API.
Seems like plenty of folks were talking about the Facebook platform or MySpace’s implementation of OpenSocial.
YouTube recently opened up and has been getting A LOT Of press.
The thing is… these are all tools for developer and publishers. They aren’t out of the box that usesful or interesting to the average joe.
The Twitter API doesn’t mean anything without something like Twitteriffic. The Remember the Milk API isn’t that interesting but how they’ve used a Grease Monkey script and the API to put my todos on the side of GMail is pretty dang hot.
At Clearspring, our CEO Hooman Radfar wrote a great blog post, “Semantic Web Rising“:
Web 2.0 is about the web breaking into pieces. Web 3.0 – the Semantic Web – will put it all back together.
So who is going to be the one to put together all of these APIs, pieces of structure data, and feeds in an interesting and useful way?
In the future will there be a Yahoo Pipes, which makes it even more painless to stich together all of these sources of data?