With the advent of mass self-publishing on the web, what will be done with all that useless content that is created? There’s a beautiful freedom of speech aspect of self-publishing, but to be quite honest, there’s a lot of relatively worthless content on the web.
There’s not a whole lot of content validation. I feel there are opportunities for entrepreneurs who can find ways to validate and qualify user-submitted information. Mozilla corporation, the makers of Firefox are a perfect example. Granted, they are not necessarily trying to make money. They say that they are motivated by the concept of an ‘open web’. But their model is unique in that the code and features of Firefox is all created by a huge network of programmers who are lending their talents to the cause. They have a system for qualifying and validating the content submitted and as a result they’ve created one of the most popular browsers in the world.
Rather than simply proliferating content for content’s sake, those who find ways to do quality control and provide clear, useful information will, in my opinion have a good shot at success.