A couple weeks ago I wrote about how
So, the more people who have an internet connected computer, the more valuable the network becomes. Now, we need tools to find relevant information. The more web pages that are out there, the greater the chance that we will find what we are looking for. But how will we find it? Enter: Google and search. The Google search engine sorts pages by relevance. Value is added because I can find these results. I add to Google’s organic search results by clicking on relevant links.
The more blogs that are out there, the better the chances that I can find people with valuable information. How do I find them? Search. How do I keep listening to what they say? RSS Aggregation. I find what is relevant to me, and subscribe to it.
Tagging allows one to subscribe and aggregate topics that other people have found. Tagging is just another way to filter. The more people who are tagging on del.icio.us or Technorati, the more valuable it is. The more people that are tagging with two or more tags, the more value it adds to me. I add value by tagging things I am interested in.
All of this is has obvious to us. Higher orders of Metcalfe’s Law, or Metcalfe’s Law 2.0 is just another way to look at it. Metcalfe’s Law 2.0 has been happing, everyone has noticed and everyone uses the principles of Metcalf’s Law, they just did not know it. If you get The Long Tail, you will get Metcalfe’s Law 2.0.
Note: I have not yet read the entire IEEE opinion yet. I should get to it soon. Most of my opinion is based on what Metcalfe himself as been saying latley on the topic, and my own observations.
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