Joe outlined three founding principles for JotSpot:
- Software should be "tinkerable."
- Software should be self-service.
- Software should be cheap. "I'm a low-price, high-volume guy. I love that model."
Joe said his team was inspired by Flickr's open data, closed source model. "We love what they did with APIs. It's closed source but it feels open. I think that open data will be more important than open source," Joe said. Like Flickr, JotSpot allows third parties to write supporting apps via an open API and allow users to easily get their data out.These seem to be the characteristic of the new types of applications/technologies emerging in Web 2.0: to become open platforms, able to mix and match with other applications/technologies/media. This means nothing is pre-ordained as in current enterprise and off-the-shelf software packages, users continually discover unexpected ways of using the technologies. "This time, it is all about the writeable web rather than the readable web," Joe said.I’ve often said that in the same way that the web browser was important in enabling the first phase of the internet, the browser window is very important in this Web 2.0 phase--except that this time we get to play on the other side of the glass.Im lost.