Web 2.0 – Nothing New?

February 10, 2006

I recently chatted with my old friend Moritz and because he is a star programmer I started off talking about web 2.0 and how things are changing now. He had no idea what I was talking about. “Nothing new with web 2.0″, he said: “This is how I understood the web in the first place.” So I tried to explain the newness of web 2.0. Basically, I failed.

With the help of Wikipedia, I’d like to give it another shot:

“Web 2.0″ defines a second phase of development of websites, its architecture and its functionality. When people talk about web 2.0 they often refer to different things: From Isolation to Application: Web 2.0 Websites are “not isolated information silos” but applications used by endusers to produce content. A Social Phenomenon: Decentralizing authority, Web 2.0 is based on open communication processes and technologies. Freedom to share and re-use, and “the market as a conversation” are its base. 2.0 Design: Web 2.0 websites often do share a common style. They are clean, reduced, use big text and often round corners. The characteristics of web 2.0 sites are often cited in an ironical or cynical attempt to reduce the 2.0 movement to a superficial design/tech hype. An Economical Shift: Based on the belief that best content comes from a self correcting collective, Web 2.0 websites focus on acquiring as many active users as possible. The monetarization is not in the foreground. Web 2.0 architects follow the belief that if there are users there is enough money to be made to support them. In so far the web 2.0 movement radically differs from the Internet boom in the late 90ties. A Marketing Term: Web 2.0 marketing is based on the belief that quality markets itself – if helped with the appropriate technology. In itself web 2.0 technology such as blogging, backlinks, RSS Feeds and pinging has a mouth to moutch marketing quality, that made it possible to be promote itself as a new approach throughout the web.

Best of Web 2.0

  1. Social Bookmarking: del.icio.us, Stumbleupon, blinklist.com, shadows.com, rollyo, tagcloud, clipmarks.com
  2. Start Pages: Netvibes, protopage , Start.com
  3. News Sites: digg, Slashdot, diggdot.us, Gabbr, Newsvine, Findory, Reddit
  4. Blog Filters: Memeorandum.com, findory.com, topix.net, blogniscient.com, tailrank
  5. Blog Communities: travbuddy, 9rules, 43things, Gchart
  6. Image Storage: Flickr, zoto.com, glidedigital, shutterbook
  7. Movie Storage/Sharing: YouTube, fireant.tv, Blinkx
  8. To Do Lists: Voo2do, tadalist.com, rememberthemilk.com
  9. Online File Storage: Openomy, xdrive, omnidrive.com, allmydata.com
  10. Word Processing: Writely.com, writeboard, rallypointhq, zohowriter.com
  11. Online Calendars: CalendarHub, Kiko, hinchcliffe.org
  12. Project Management: BaseCamp, Sidejobtrack, Centraldesktop
  13. The Big Guys: Yahoo Answers, Google Maps


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