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What is Web 2.0… take two

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This past Wednesday I posted this definition of Web 2.0. …“a collection of technologies – be it VoIP, Digital Media, XML, RSS, Google Maps… whatever …. that leverage the power of always on, high speed connections and treat broadband as a platform, and not just a pipe to connect.” Today Tim O’Reilly comes up with a similar definition… Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform. This is good and the right path. I hope others realize that the PC-centric approach is myopic and very US centric. The wireless broadband is upon us…. it changes the game quite a bit, and the champions of Web 2.0 should prepare for that change.

7 Responses to “What is Web 2.0… take two”

  1. choi li akiro singh santos

    East Asia is already on Web 4.0 :-)

    Great summary. The discussion and examples ignore the real changes sweeping East Asia. The last time I checked it is the WORLD Wide Web. East Asia is paving the way as far the next generation Internet — while North America is stuck at 1-3 megabits, we are at 10 megabits.

    Here is a recent article on Web 4.0 in South Korea:[email protected]/magazine/content/05_39/b3952405.htm

    One cannot underestimate the potential of multi-player games in creating persistent virtual environments. Warcraft has hundreds of thousands of FANATIC users in South Korea alone:*aDlRwEA/magazine/content/05_38/b3951085.htm

    We in the east think that our edge in bandwidth will allow us to not look too much to the West this time around. We may not be doing much in terms of conceptualizing the framework we are in, but things are moving so fast out here, we defer to you bandwidth-starved folks in the West on that point.
    As William Gibson aptly said, “The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

    Perhaps another core competency is the ability to function and build communities in a multi-lingual WWW.

  2. Tim O’Reilly’s definition of Web 2.0: “the network as platform” is very powerful. It gives the idea that whatever the apps we are using they are able to recognize our personal data and features. Internet access is definetely the key to get and share our content independently from the pc-laptop-wireless device we’re using.

  3. Can I suggest that it is not just the PC Centric approach that is US centric (though I certainly agree with this from my vantage point in Singapore). It is also the perspective that Web 2.0 (along with offline applications) can continue to be written using today’s programming languages.

    I have two perspectives on this. Firstly, all languages are written using an English language instruction set. If technology is going to become truly globally inclusive, it appears to me that this has to change. If we still cannot sort out the difficulties native Arabic speakers have in using a spreadsheet with an English function set and a left to right morphology, how can we move forward in a global sense.

    Secondly, I wonder if it is not also important to look beyond today’s context free languages towards a context sensitive language which will permit the processing of far greater levels of complexity.

    Wouldn’t the creation of a context sensitive and multi-lingual langauge really allow the potential of Web 2.0 to come true?

    I cant help feeling that instead of relying on code that has its architecture based upon 1960’s technology (as all of today’s codes do), it would be more effective to consider rebuilding the ‘lego blocks’ ?