Harold Jarche posted Business models looking back and forward where he looks at various trends and implications on business opportunities. One of the main points he makes is:
In early 2010 it is pretty obvious that nobody needs an other Web portal.
I both agree and disagree. He’s right. No one really wants another web portal. We’ve got plenty of information sources already. At the same time, we need lots of help filtering the flood of information. Harold is a master of that and effectively uses twitter, RSS reader and lots of other sources to bring across and filter information.
My strong belief is that there is more and more of a need for effective information filtering. Basically, easy ways to get the information that you want or need. Heck, a lot of what learning professionals do is filter information.
Harold is comfortable with small pieces, loosely joined as a means of filtering. My belief is that there’s a fairly large population that will get value from what are essentially portals that take advantage of social signals (a powerful information filtering mechanism). That’s somewhat the whole point behind eLearning Learning.
Professionals who don’t have time to try to find, subscribe, read all of the various blogs and other sources can look to a portal like eLearning Learning (and particularly it’s Best Of emails) as a means of getting a filtered set of all of this.
Of course, there’s so much more to defining what someone particularly needs. This filtering is horribly crude and will get much better over the years. But since a lot of what a portal can bring is information filtering – I’m not quite so ready to sign up with Harold’s assertion.