Jeremiah Owyang laments the passing of tech bloggings “Golden Age” with the acquisitions of Mashable, Engadget, Techcrunch and Read Write Web by large corporations.
The tech blogosphere as we know it, is over.
Owyang goes on to identify four trends supporting his argument and slips-in a data point from Technorati (seriously?) that fewer bloggers made a living from their blogs, in 2011. Voracity of Technorati’s data aside, I question Owyang’s correlation of tech blogging’s big four with innovation and development, of the medium.
Innovation within large companies is extremely difficult to achieve, and tech blogging’s big four were large companies long before they were acquired by even larger companies. This is not a phenomenon of tech blogging. Intel continues to struggle against ARM, Hewlett Packard has ceded the mobile space to nimbler overseas competitors and Cisco Systems pulled the plug on its Flip, just as companies like Instagram were reinvigorating the social photo-sharing space.
Innovation never sleeps and when large companies stop innovating, it opens the door for a new crop of innovators hungry to fill the void. The next Mashable or Techcrunch may not be on Owayng’s radar today, but rest assured that it is out there.