WebTwoPointZero (ThoughtStorms)

Another name for the new wave of internet and sociak software in the 2000s

Basically SocialSoftware and all the other higher-order, parasitic services.

TimOReilly's WebTwoPointZero map : http://www.flickr.com/photos/36521959321@N01/44349798

Going mainstream : http://www.gigaom.com/2005/02/06/web-20-time-to-cash-carry/

TimOReilly defends : and http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/08/not_20.html and explains further : http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html

yes, Google's introduction of page rank was absolutely a milestone in this evolution of the web, but what was once an isolated stroke of genius is now being understood as one of the keys to the new paradigm. There's a set of "Web 2.0 design patterns" -- architecting systems so that they get smarter the more people use them, monetizing the long tail via a combination of customer-self service and algorithmic management, lightweight business models made possible by cooperating internet services and data syndication, data as the "intel inside", and so on.

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Update : September 2005

Now there's a map : http://www.flickr.com/photos/36521959321@N01/44349798

And everyone's asking what it really is.

I wrote something in JohnRobb's comments which is basically says it's BangTheRocksTogether plus TheFlowInternet :

"What are the 3 big themes that undergird the upgrade?"

AJAX I'm ambivalent about. It makes cute interfaces, which seem like a big deal to some people. But if we didn't have AJAX we'd probably be doing more with custom client software as was already happening with things like iPodder, Flickr's Uploadr, RSS aggregators, Napster etc.

Of course, the smart people (like Winer) could see all this years ago. But OReilly think of memes as platforms they can own. I guess this does help to get a bundle of ideas more widely distributed, and to a certain extent provides a shared vocabulary we can use to communicate more effectively.

Lots of people will misunderstand it all, though.

Update : further discussion leads me to think of a spectrum : /DeveloperSpectrum


OReilly's recent explanation put much emphasis on DataInside and owning (and embracing) data-platforms, with a similar emphasis on namespaces and owning identifiers. I didn't notice that in the web 2.0 discussion but it absolutely fits in with something I have long considered an essential thing to be understood : AddressableThings (and their relation with platforms)


RyanKing says its the web renaissance : http://theryanking.com/blog/archives/2005/10/05/the-dark-ages-of-the-web/

Some other definitions : FivePartWebTwoPointZero


DavidBerlind says it's the UnComputer


December 2005, backlash in full swing : http://www.crunchnotes.com/?p=88

My thoughts. Yep, it's a marketing term. Yep, it gets abused. Yep, lots of people throw it around without understanding it. I still think it's still a sometimes handy way of talking about many things I think are cool and important. When it helps communicate I'll still use it. When it gets in the way, I'll try to use some other term.


The DNA : http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000547.php



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