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Competitors are tweeking their business models to attract more users; Facebook, MySpace, PeopleString. More users equals more advertising revenue, but the Community Corporation (I just made that up- a corporation owned by residents of an area who own no more than 1% equity) could manage/govern the community for the benefit of all the residents of an area. Imagine transitionottawa.ning.com with a democratic majority for membership.
It's interesting how about half of the predictions come true and half don't - which is pretty much what you would expect. I think this 16 (actually it's 17, but who's counting?) is pretty insightful. In fact, many are happening already.
The monetisation point is an ever increasing issue for business - how do you go about it? The old models won't work, but what are the new models? Particularly in light of crowdsourcing, consumer power and content syndication, it makes it even harder to see how it is going to be achieved effectively. I'll be watching with interest, as I am sure many others wil.