Tim O’Reilly: “The business model of selling people to each other online is coming back to life.”

Via Tim Oren, a summary of Tim O’Reilly’s preso at eTech: “The business model of selling people to each other online is coming back to life. Lacking the stovepipe walls of the former proprietary services, value is being harvested by conjoining it to a service business (Amazon) as a revenue enhancer, or by moving up to a metadata level, either overtly (Friendster) or implicitly (eBay’s role as a market price setter). These businesses are building up equity as they accumulate user’s contributions, both overt and implicit.