The new rock and roll. Which is it – Telephony 2.0 or Web 2.0?
Quick summary: Telephony 2.0 is about money – Web 2.0 is about users (aka fans).
Rock and Roll was about both.
Phonefromhere.com (our startup) bridges the web and telephony, so I spend time in both camps.
Lets look at their Rock Stars:
- Web 2.0 has loads of stars
- Diggnation team
- Mahalo’s CEO
- Telephony has few, the only one that comes to mind is Mark Spencer
- Digium Inc
Who looks more like a rock star ? (It certainly isn’t me!)
What about money ? Telephony is a vast business 1 Trillion dollar allegedly. Telco’s monetize everything down to the second, Web 2.0’s Achilles heel is the inability to monetize anything except via Google.
So maybe neither is the new Rock and Roll.
I’m thinking it is the crossover between the two that is exciting. Not just the upmarket smartphones. In huge parts of the globe the primary access to the internet is via the mobile phone. That trend is only going to intensify.