(Community Matters) today’s SXSW keynote
On Christopher Poole’s new venture: He said he’s tried to keep growth of Canvas slow and methodical by limiting it to a small group of users.
He’s more turned on now by discussions about the value of online anonymity (he’s in favor of Internet users being able to have youthful indiscretions without it following them the rest of their lives) and by a growing creative culture online that even big brands are embracing.
“Companies are inviting their customers to submit ideas and be part of their vision,” he said. “That’s something that really wasn’t happening 10 years ago. There’s so much value and energy you can tap into by having people play with your staff, your brand, your products. Nothing is stale. It’s all rich and interactive.”
It sounds nice and all, and he even made great points. I have, however, seen some of the content (ranging from childish cries for porn to the grotesque photo-documented murder of young animals to fashion) and I believe this argument should not be taken lightly….