Reinventing Unix Commands on the Web

, Mar 3, 2007

Marc Hedlund:

One of my favorite business model suggestions for entrepreneurs is, find an old UNIX command that hasn’t yet been implemented on the web, and fix that. talk and finger became ICQ, LISTSERV became Yahoo! Groups, ls became (the original) Yahoo!, find and grep became Google, rn became Bloglines, pine became Gmail, mount is becoming S3, and bash is becoming Yahoo! Pipes. I didn’t get until tonight that Twitter is wall for the web. I love that.

I also like this one from the comments:

chown: ebay.com

On March 4, 2007 11:41 PM, robert said:

don’t forget pipes.yahoo.com :^)