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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is a bunch of emerging Web techniques that are believed at the evolution path of Web. See the O’Reilly article on Web 2.0. http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html

The comparison of Web 1.0 (left) and Web 2.0 (right):

DoubleClick --> Google AdSense
Ofoto --> Flickr
Akamai --> BitTorrent
mp3.com --> Napster
Britannica Online --> Wikipedia
personal websites --> blogging
evite --> upcoming.org and EVDB
domain name speculation --> search engine optimization
page views --> cost per click
screen scraping --> web services
publishing --> participation
content management systems --> wikis
directories (taxonomy) --> tagging ("folksonomy")
stickiness --> syndication

One of my colleague proposes Web 3.0 in a recent contest of research proposals.


  • Someone should propose "AI 2.0" or "Data Mining 2.0" or whatever else. That'd be fun.

    The fact is, most of these changes are gradually, evolutionnary, so I don't think that a version number applies. There are very few "jumps" in science and technology, most progress is very gradual. In retrospect, we tend to give credit to few individuals, but it is always somewhat bias. At least, that's my theory. People who study these things say that progress comes in sudden jumps. I don't see it. Not in the recent past.

    By Blogger Daniel Lemire, at 7:51 AM  

  • >>The fact is, most of >>these changes are gradually

    This is certainly true, but at some point in time the sum of all changes might justify a version number (if not only for marketing purposes) if those developments alter an entire domain landscape significantly.

    In the past the www always used a very thin client and more or less dynamic HTML.
    The next drastic step would be the intruduction of Rich User Interfaces to the www domain. Ajax might be a step into this direction but it doesn't really take us there yet.
    But once RUI are as common as HTML is now, we might want to speak of the "next generation web user interface" - thus may be justifying a version number.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:02 AM  

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