8 Years Free – Here’s What’s Next

It’s a very special day for me: 8 years ago today was the last thing I’ll ever have that will resemble a day job. The Internet has been veryverygoodtome and it’s time for me to give back.

Note: This is a work and concept in process. I’ll be editing this a LOT based on what I hear back from you. As you’ll see, we’ve got a site dedicated to the conversation, but please read nothing definitive into what I write today (other than the fact that I LOVE this concept and will be pouring a lot of time and effort into it). Also, please don’t – I DON’T WANT YOUR MONEY on this project.

Problem: The very nature of the Internet is that anyone, anyplace, anytime, anywhere can produce and publish content. I embrace (and love) this reality but it results with this simple fact: The lack of standards and content spam is preventing the growth we were hoping for.

Solution: The Internet has allowed us to publish whatever we want. Let’s use that same Internet to publish open media standards that will take us to the next level.

Paul’s Answer: I’ve started something called The Open Media Standards Foundation. Before you read another word, 2 things: A) I DON’T WANT YOUR MONEY FOR THIS and B) I HAVE NO DESIRE TO “GO AGAINST” OR “UNDO” THE WORK ANYONE ELSE HAS DONE AT THIS POINT.

It starts with what I call the Content Principles Document. It’s a simple list (and simple is the key here, help me keep this simple) of principles that content creators embrace. This will, in theory, grow an audience that can consume our content with considerably more trust than the content they currently consume online.

To be truthful, there is alot more here (and, again, I don’t want your money), but this Content Principles Document is the first step.

So, here’s what I’m asking for … can you visit the current revision of the document, give it a good read, and make a comment on how we can make it better?

I think the industry can and will be in a much better place if we do it right. Here’s to doing it right.

If this site has helped you at all, could you help this industry by making a comment?

Please comment at the OMSF site – not here.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Brother_Wolf

    Wow Paul
    I am not clear that this idea will be very well accepted. I agree with your view of the problem. I am just not sure if the solution proposed will really change anything. Isn't this what digg is suppose to do for the web. Help us to find ways of finding good content easily? Personally I am sick ot death of out of date web pages on old websites taking up keyword space when my excellent and fresh content is back on the 2nd or third page! I have begun to suspect that Google may not have an inherent self interest in our finding the best answers on the first page of search results.

  • Brother_Wolf

    Dang it for got to ad my website…

  • paulcolligan

    Digg is doing a great job for a very small chunk of content. It needs to get bigger and better – and people need to be able to find content someplace other than Digg.

    Please take future comments over to the OMSF site – it would really help us all out.