A manifesto for the new Web from building43

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in June 2009

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Building43 is the latest Robert Scoble/Rackspace venture, a kind of online community space to develop the future of the Web. (Or something like that.) I am typically suspicious of grand ventures by luminaries - so often they fail to live up to expectations. Still, I’m willing to give it a chance - and, hopefully, to translate some of its message to the legal world.


Note: this post is from 2009. Evaluate with care and in light of later events.

Screen Capture of Building43
Image by Robert Scoble via Flickr

Building43 is the latest Robert Scoble/Rackspace venture, a kind of online community space to develop the future of the Web. (Or something like that.) I am typically suspicious of grand ventures by luminaries – so often they fail to live up to expectations. Still, I’m willing to give it a chance – and, hopefully, to translate some of its message to the legal world.

Scoble’s “manifesto” is a good place to start. It’s a 10-point list that many who seek to become a destination point on today’s Web would do well to consider, whether they are attorneys or developers:

1. Live in real time.

2. Build on other people’s technology.

3. This is an industry-wide effort.

4. Teach, don’t just hype.

5. We’re a decentralized community.

6. Be open.

7. Link to the best.

8. Be two-way in everything we do.

9. Build a community of friends.

10. Stay up to date.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the site and, if useful ideas and approaches emerge, I’ll pass them on – with a law & technology spin, of course.