Christian Science Monitor commentator Peter S. Magnusson makes a good point about Steve Jobs failing to grasp Web 2.0 and social networking.
Jobs “does not understand the 21st-century user,” he argues.
Today, people chat; they blog; they share multimedia such as pictures, video, and audio; they debate (“flame”) each other on forums; they link with each other in intricate webs; they switch effortlessly between different electronic personae and avatars; they listen to Internet radio; they battle over reputation; they podcast; they do mash-ups; they vote on this, that, and the other; they argue on wiki discussion groups.
With the exception of a minimalist widget for text messaging, the iPhone does not have direct support for any of that.
Magnusson’s article gives us a feel for what the iPhone could be if Apple pays attention to our feedback. Go give it a read and tell me what you think.