Monday, January 29, 2007

Just what is this Web 2.0 thing?

I recently came across a list of ten web 2.0 services you shouldn't live without; what a great list. GMail, flickr, and Wikipedia top the list. Check it out.

This got me thinking: just what are we talking about when we say Web 2.0? Was 1.0 the bubble that burst? Or is there something else?

I found this on Wikipedia:
Web 1.0 : the "readable" phase of the world wide web, denoted by static flat data presentation. i.e. HTML, XML, etc.

Web 2.0 : the "writable" phase, denoted by interactive dynamic data and client-server synchronization. i.e. PHP/JS, AJAX, etc.

Web 3.0 : the "executable" phase, denoted by dynamic web applications and composite interactive services. i.e. Online Operating Systems, SaaS, etc.
This defintion is actually on the "talk" page of the Web 3.0 article. What's interesting about the Web 3.0 article is that it has been closed/deleted. Why? Vague speculation on a vague idea that doesn't yet exist.

Okay. But what's 2.0? Google comes up with this:
Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users. Ultimately Web 2.0 services are expected to replace desktop computing applications for many purposes.
I think Web 2.0 is, perhaps, about user content. Perhaps that's what defines 2.0. Web 1.0 was using tools, like banking & airline ticketing; Web 2.0 is about users creating content, like blogging and tagging.

Or am I off base?

Meanwhile, a little something more to gnaw on: a list of the top 100 alternate search engines. According to Charles S. Knight of a search engine optimization company headquartered right in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Charlottesville, market research shows that people actually use four main search engines for 99.99% of their searches: Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Ask.com. Mr. Knight might know a thing or two about Internet search; he claims that he has "discovered that in that .01% lies a vast multitude of the most innovative and creative search engines you have never seen."

Lead on MacDuff. Lead on.

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