It’s a great question Oleg!...
and one that almost everyone is asking.
Sorry for the delay in responding Rich!
As Rich mentioned, I’ve just
finished attending a week long conference on Web 2.0 here in San
Francisco called Web 2.0 Expo - http://www.web2expo.com/...
and am just getting around to emails.
After the conference, I came to realize something very interesting. The most
influential minds behind Web 2.0 don’t have just a single answer to this
question! In the end, the answer to ‘What is Web 2.0?’ is as individual and
unique as the many people that make up the Internet.
Because of this fact, O’Reilly
even tried to revise and summarize the original definition that Oleg shared in
his post - http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2006/12/web_20_compact.htm l.
In the end, I think that we
simply need to come to terms with the fact that there are many answers to this
question in the same way that there is not just one opinion on Internet. Ironically,
the real beauty of a Web 2.0 world is that we
each have the right to our own opinion and we each get an equal opportunity to
express it to everyone through the Internet.
me, Web 2.0 is a marketing term but also marks something very real and
important in the history of the Internet. You can consider Web 2.0 to be
chapter number 2 in a book on the Internet. Chapter 1 or Web 1.0 would be when
the web was born and ‘crashed’ in 2001.
me, IN ONE SENTENCE, WEB 2.0 SIMPLY MEANS WE CAN NOW ‘TALK BACK TO THE INTERNET’.
may involve technology, people, or changes in our society as a whole but all of
it comes back to the simple reality that we now have a true 2-way communication
with the Internet and everyone within it.
we are doing here in the online SUN community is Web 2.0. In Web 1.0, websites
would simply be online brochures that allowed very little interaction. Others
wrote. We read.
in Web 2.0, we are the writers as well as readers and active participants in the
creation of the content and voice of the Internet itself. Think of social
networks like MySpace, or blogging, or video sites like YouTube. In all of
these examples, the Internet is connecting people to people in a 2-way dialogue
like never before. This makes the term ‘Web 2.0’ very significant in marking a
time like no other time in human history.
this said, there will definitely be a Web 3.0. Visionaries say that Web 3.0
will be a world where the computers that are beginning to learn more about us (as
we share more with the Internet) will be able to talk to other computers. As an
example of a Web 3.0 world, you will book a flight to San
Francisco on the Internet. Your computer will know
that ColdPlay is your favorite band. Your computer will talk to other computers
on the Internet that track ColdPlay’s concert schedule and realize that they
will be in San Francisco the same
time you will. Your computer will place a reservation for you for concert
tickets to see ColdPlay when you are in San Francisco.
This will be Web 3.0 and another chapter within the book on the Internet where
a form of artificial intelligence will take us again into new and exciting ways
to improve the way we connect.
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