Gotta get me some Web 2.0

Web 2.0 has been bandied about so much that I saw this note the other day on one of the lists that I subscribe to. Someone has asked a web designer if she could please get the program Web 2.0 and install it on their website.

Folks, Web 2.0 is just another way of saying that the web is evolving. That is has gone beyond what we had in the 90s when the Web started to become prominent in people’s lives.  But it is a bit like porn. You know it when you see it, but other than that, you can’t quite grasp it. Tim O’Reilly has an interesting definition of it, but  I think it is more than that.  I have also heard it defined as the web as a community (which I sort of like, and sort of don’t like. I don’t like that we are all interacting with each other online, because I think we need to meet face to face, but I also find it fun to have on-line friends that I otherwise wouldn’t have.

What is interesting is that one of the lists I’m on had this analysis that is was a design thing, but that is just once more saying the Web 2.0 is what it is because it is new and different.

One of my clients wanted to name her blog Web 2.0 or some such, and then thought better of it, which I think was a good idea. The good thing about the web, is that unlike print, it doesn’t stick around, and that might be also part of Web 2.0. We can aways move on.

But how to explain to a client that it isn’t a design, but a state of mind, is a bit tricky.

The best word on this is this satirical piece on how Web 2.0 died a quick death.


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