Chuqui 3.0 has a nice piece challenging the hype over “user generated content”. He suggests that it’s inappropriate to call simple profile pages at Facebook or Myspace “user content”, and that only about 1% of users are generating most of the content in social network sites.
I’m torn between wanting to agree that things are overblown about this and my basic assumption – social content of both high quality (serious bloggers) and low quality (myspace TV show notes from a 12 year old) is driving the new web and will continue to do so for some time. Tons of content is pouring in and even by a high measure of “quality” people already have more than they could read in a lifetime. It’s hard to make a case that the popular YouTube videos are quality, yet they are generally viewed far more than most quality web pages talking about relevant news or science or yada yada.
So, is the importance of user content of mythological proportions?
No, but thanks for a thoughful post Chuqui!