Guest Post by Amrit Pal
Most web assets from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Tumblr, Foursquare and a gazillion others appear to be free, opening floodgates of content, ranging from the genius of Wikipedia/Ushahidi to the apparently innocuous LOLcats.
The shelf life of tweets, status updates, YouTube videos and, hence, their footprints on the public memory, is dropping by the second.
While the repercussion of such an open and free culture invites a discussion in itself, let’s talk about in the context of the startup ambience.
To begin with, let us do away with presumptions of terms like “free” and “open.”
With “free,” we imply Freedom at almost a Zero price. Let’s not confuse this with “freebies” or “giveaways.” With “openness” (coders, rejoice!) we imply an Open Source culture, where the ratio of creators to consumers is shooting up faster than ever.