Friends: Boring Content Providers

Daniel Ek on Napster:

I didn’t trust my parents or friends to find good bands. I trusted random strangers with fast Internet connections.

I never use Facebook with the expectation Ill find stuff I’m actually interested in. Meanwhile, I trust those I follow on Twitter to keep providing interesting, engaging content that is useful. The same goes for Pinterest and Instagram.

The freedom to pick and choose field experts didn’t always exist. Before the Internet, we discovered stuff through interesting magazines and books. The information was there but it was scarce and costly.

The rise of blogs and Twitter streams provide us with endless information. Now it’s a matter of managing excess information and filtering for the most relevant.

Captivating content is ubiquitous, 24/7. Instead a mass of friends, we have a mass of online niches where we can discuss and exchange particular interests.

Our friends should be providing helpful information as well; after all, most of our friends have similar interests. That’s why we befriended them in the first place.

But we can’t depend on our friends for the latest and greatest findings. That comes from people we’ve never met.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.