Web 2.0 Portals – Top-down or Grassroots?

Fred Wilson has a post today on the rumored Web 2.0 portal initiative from Netscape, as well as his suggestion for Yahoo pulling together some of the services they have recently acquired:

I’ve suggested to a number of people at Yahoo! that they ought to create a web 2.0 portal with the excellent web services they’ve purchased in the past 18 months; Flickr, Delicious, Upcoming, and several that they haven’t but have been rumored to be interested in like Digg and Technorati. They could combine their excellent web search service, their social search product myweb, and even stuff like Yahoo! Answers and possibly 360.

His call is asking for a top-down move, which, I find, in itself, somewhat un-web 2.0. To satisfy similar needs, I find that there are independent tools that pull together, or mash-up these Web 2.0 services, such as GROU.PS, where you can effectively create a “group portal”.

Having said that, as a loyal MyYahoo user, I would still love to see Yahoo taking Fred’s advice.

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