It does seem as though Web 2.0 is not really about attempting to go-it-alone and making independent success (as was the apparent trend in Web 1.0) more about greek-alphabet soup acquisitions and buy-outs.
Anyway, I’m not the first to make this point, but it does seem that most end up being picked up in beta.. or alpha. Etc: Measure Map gets acquired by Google in something like the Alpha phase. Delicious was probably in gamma, flickr said beta but was more like delta.
Kind of makes you wonder: is there room for the independent in The Acquisition Economy 2.0?
…Especially when you can buy just an employee and leave his company behind?