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Sunday, December 17th, 2006 — 10:55am PDT
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You are the person of the year, according to Time Magazine. Actually, so am I and everyone on my blogroll and everyone on their blogroll.

…look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes [TimeMagazine]

Time Magazine Cover

Here’s to the people who make content happen, those who create content and even those lovely trolls that leave comments occasionally to tell us our content sucks.

Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom. Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred [TimeMagazine]

Is this a cop out? Were we expecting someone else? Pfft, I wasn’t expecting us. It’s not like I usually pay attention to Time Magazine’s person of the year… maybe we’ll all be on Oprah now.

Everyone is talking about Googling, blogging, podcasting, YouTube etc. From your boss, anchormen, talk show hosts, to that rambling guy on the street corner. You know Web 2.0 is quite the behemoth that isn’t bound to go away any time soon. This is so much more than the ‘dotcom’ craze of which my company and I were a victim. Remember those ETrade commercials with the monkey? The one where he was riding through Silicon Valley on a horse as though it was a ghost town? So long Pimento Loaf.com…

You just know people will be blogging about this story, as I am right now. We know what this is (most of the time) and that it connects us all. This thing is huge. Not the article itself or us all being important people in the history of mankind, but Web 2.0, basically all of this. And as John just remarked, what will Web 3.0 bring?

Have to mention Zona Boy’s blog – where he’s got a BETTER idea for person(s) of the year.

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