Imagine a world in which:
every single human being is posting their thoughts and experiences in any number of ways to the Internet.
This is the world that New York-based VC, Fred Wilson, sees within his ‘grand vision‘ for social media.
I applaud Fred’s simplicity. All too often the bigger picture can become obscured by over complication. If we take a look through his firm’s portfolio, we quickly see that he is pulling together a mosaic that will progress us towards achieving his vision:
Twitter – microblogging
Disqus – distributed comments
Oddcast – conversational chararacters
Tumblr – microblogging
Zynga – social gaming
There are a bunch of other companies in the Union Square Ventures portfolio, but these are the stand out ventures that speak to Fred’s simple vision.
Turning this vision into reality will take a lot more determined effort by all of us. Besides supporting the right technology pieces, achieving standards (think what Gears is doing for HTML5), and gaining wide user traction there are regulatory and plumbing issues that will need to be solved.
Currently we see a lot of infighting and an almost continuous bitchmeme, at present this seems to be over whether Friendfeed is better than Twitter. And this within the context of a world in which millions are unable to express themselves, a world in which millions are dying because of oppressive regimes.
It is high time the social media industry rallied together. By focusing on this simple end goal, by setting a target we can come together around, we can achieve so much more.
[Picture courtesy of hellomartin]