USER? User of what?

October 9, 2007 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Term | 4 Comments
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Kristina and Eunice commented on the word “user” and its ambiguity. Interestingly enough, the term has caused some strong reactions:

Bloggers like Scott Karp think that the problem is the differentiation that “user” implies from traditional “publishers”.

Another example is Rishad Tobaccowala in his keynote at OMMA who said: “User Generated Content: Since when did I become a heroin addict?”

However, Solomon Rothman argues that UGC is accurate, not insulting, and that it is different from traditional publishers because the authors motivations and because “users” are usually not paid.

What do you think of the word user?


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