No silver bullet: Revenue and “The Three-Body Problem”

A business model accounts for all of a company’s characteristics

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and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.

The advertising straw man

“Google is everything I ask for, and Facebook is everything that asks for me. What else is there?”

“Google’s original search ads… were literally direct responses that helped users find what they were looking for [which] would enhance the user experience without encumbering it the way subscriptions [or shared-value transactions] do.”

The death of SEO? Google ads are more prominent than organic search results

“Big Tech’s markets all trend toward monopoly, because they operate multi-sided networks with zero barriers-to-entry. Thus, network liquidity is the basis of competition for many of them: Who has the most buyers and sellers; the most producers and consumers; the most supply and demand; etc. That liquidity sets-off the virtuous cycle of network effects, wherein scale improves user experience improves scale and so on. If you add software’s zero marginal costs to that virtuous cycle, you get Aggregation Theory…”

“Google and Facebook already have an insurmountable scale advantage that makes the opportunity costs of any constituent switching to rival platforms too large — whether that be users, websites, or advertisers seeking alternatives. So, even if everyone were to have the same data for targeting — perfect competition on that plane — [the duopoly] would still have more attention.”

A square is a rectangle but a rectangle isn’t a square

While there’s no such thing as a panacea, there’s such a thing as a better way…

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