October 6, 2005

Some clarity on what the heck Web 2.0 is would be nice…

Filed under: Web 2.0 — Administrator @ 6:21 pm

…Checkout Emily Chang’s eHub which is an updated list of Web 2.0 web applications, services, resources, blogs or sites with a focus on next generation web, social software, blogging, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, location mapping, open source, folksonomy, design and digital media sharing…

…and for those of you still trying to figure out what the heck Web 2.0 is all about, I’ve ripped Stephen Bryant’s (Publish.com) cheat sheet of Tim O’Reilly’s “What is Web 2.0,” principles and practices:

(1) Web 2.0 applications use customers and their data to reach out to the entire Web, not just the biggest centers of activity. In a sense, this is an extension of Searls’ and Weinberger’s World of Ends.

(2) Web 2.0 services get better the more people use them. Apps like Bittorrent turn users into servers, thereby amplifying download times. For a meatspace example, consider a grocery store that got bigger the more people walked through the front doors, or cars that drove better the more cars there were on the road.

(3) Web 2.0 apps experiment in trust. You have to trust your users; they will give you the keys to market dominance.

(4) Web 2.0 winners are the owners of data. O’Reilly points to mapping data companies NavTeq and TeleAtlas as the primary beneficiaries of MapQuest’s tools.

(5) Web 2.0 means the end of the software release cycle. Internet software requires constant care and rapid development.

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