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11/05/2006
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Greg Yardley (at his newly uglified blog) was writing about Gannett's ideas on "crowdsourcing" news:

"Maybe it’s my nature, but whenever I hear about a new initiative I start thinking about ways to game it."

Actually, it's not just Greg. I think this tendency is a fundamental law of the internet, similar to say, the 1st Law of Thermodynamics.

My statement of this law would be:

Anything created on the internet simultaneously creates proportional efforts to exploit it.

Pithy corollarys include (I'm quoting myself from back around 2002): "He who corrupts the blogosphere fastest and hardest will become very rich."

Who did that? Why Google, of course (via AdSense).

 


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