Saturday, July 26, 2008

The internet is a real web for all sorts of spiders

A cobweb can be a metaphor for many things. especially the web - the Internet - which has little search engine spiders crawling all over it for new feed.

I watched the BBC David Attenboroughs "Life in the Undergrowth", where he exposed a lot of things about spiders.. some - like the trapdoor, hardly make a cobweb at all- just a hole in the ground with a lid. They jump out at their prey. Others, like the Aussie red back make vertical curtain webs to catch insects. Others make a large single web which they defend against the smaller thief spiders, who come and steal their "catch of the day". (these spiders are defensive and isolated.) The small spider wear oil on their legs, so they can creep across the web, anchor the prey, cut the lines, and make their escape.

Still others, are more collaborative, and they build Masses of cobwebs all connected to each other.
They are small spiders (English ones) BUT their MASSIVE cobweb can catch a small bird and then they have a meal big enough to share. Which they do!
They are a community, much like the Internet. When we collaborate and share, we can achieve much more.

What the defensive spider could do, is put out small gifts, embedded with his own 'advertising' .. on the internet web you can see free ebooks embedded with links, and affiliate hoplinks for the writer to get a commission, when the reader orders what he recommends.

The internet can and often does, benefit all.

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