Thursday, July 21, 2005

Observation # 3

Short: Sharing is gaining. Giving is impossible. (since you keep what you ”give”)

Longer: This observation can again be seen as a sort of reversed capitalism. To build your Nick- to get a reputation among your fellow virtual friends, you shall give. It is very possible to “buy” friends in the real world as well, but since all usual interaction on the web is immaterial, you should really spend on the web. What you trade with – the currency used to “buy” friends and reputation – is files and knowledge. Files (pictures, movies, music, games, documents and whatever people are looking for) and knowledge (simply correctly answering questions) is not lost when given or shared, The side effect of the main transaction (giving someone what they asked for) is a growing reputation to your nick.

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