The web can overpower silos if...
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by Dave Winer

The other day I wrote that silos were ruining the web, but I just realized that it's the web that will ruin the silos, if we get our shit together.

Think about it. What is it that makes the web so great?


What is it that silos will not do.

Same thing. Linking.

So if linking is really powerful, and it is, imho -- then it should overpower the silos.

Here's the problem. 

Linking hasn't gotten an upgrade in many years.

That's not to say an upgrade isn't possible, it is. 

But it takes two (or more) to make it happen. 

I can't link to anything in a new way if it isn't ready to be linked to in that way. And what we need for that to happen is collaboration. 

  • I wonder if most casual users of the Internet (including most bloggers) really appreciate and understand the utility of hyperlinks. Most articles or blog posts I read seem to have only a handful of links. Even when the article talks about a person, or cites another source, there isn't often a link to the source, or the person's website (or WikiPedia page). Maybe CMS' should have some kind of auto-linker that looks up terms you've used in the post and automatically inserts relevant links?