My predictions for 2007 were dominated by Google Reader because it's one of the products best placed to dominate the Read/Write web. The addition of support for tagging and link blogging were the warning shots but the coming months will see Reader evolve into a fully fledged Reader/Writer (let's call it ReWriter). Google ReWriter is the first product that will tie the major pieces of the Read/Write web together - RSS/ATOM (feeds), OPML, Social-Bookmarking/Tagging (folksonomies), Attention and Microformats.
To understand how we must first realize that blog posting, commenting and social bookmarking are various forms of the same thing - annotation. Secondly we must shake off the page-centric mindset. The 'Wide Web was about reading pages, the Live Web is about annotating microchunks (e.g. permalinks). While we tend to categorize our annotation according to the point of entry each form is essentially the same. Whether to your own blog, someone else's blog or a third party note-taking site it's the same mechanism. Different context but same mechanism.
What sense does it make that I have to open my Performancing plug-in to blog, visit a blogger's web page to comment and invoke a del.icio.us pop-up to take a note? None! I should be able to perform each annotation from within my aggregator - a single unified interface to the Live Web. And I'm betting that's exactly what Google ReWriter will become.
Another prediction I made for 2007 - that Comments will die - is something that follows naturally from the above arguments and a point I'll flesh out in part 2...
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