Monday, October 3, 2005


Richard MacManus discusses and compiles various definitions "Web 2.0":

The 'What is Web 2.0?' meme is everywhere and everyone seems to have a different interpretation. Here are some of the latest:

Om Malik: "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."

John Hagel: “an emerging network-centric platform to support distributed, collaborative and cumulative creation by its users.”

Susan Mernit: "The enduring lesson of all of the social media and emerging technologies is that we've created an a la carte, do it yourself platform where users can engage with sophisticated forms of search, feeds, metadata and APIs, social networks and identity, and commerce and fill these vessels with their own information..."

Dave Winer thinks it's The Two-Way Web redux. (and it's interesting to note the focus of my weblog before Web 2.0 was precisely that - Dave's Two-Way Web vision).

Wikipedia's current definition: "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, like Gmail, to end users. The proponents of this thinking expect that ultimately Web 2.0 services will replace desktop computing applications for many purposes."
(full post & links)

MORE from Om, "What is Web 2.0… take two"

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