Friday, October 05, 2007
The nebulous term "Web 2.0" is taking some hits for being over used and for already becoming passé. Heck, even IBM is using Web 2.0 in its marketing, so how cutting edge can it be? The always clever Fritz Nelson highlights some of the signs of Web 2.0 addiction in a funny post at Information Week. First e-mail starting taking the place of phone/live conversation, and now we have dozens of social networking tools that increase our digital communications while reducing the times we hear the uniquely affecting human voice. Yeah progress! Web "visionary" Jason Calcanis is getting some heat for presumptively defining what is Web 3.0, and the condescension of his post is obvious. Thus spake Calcanis:
Web 3.0 is defined as the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using Web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform.
So commoners, stay back in Web 2.0, only the truly talented or "gifted individuals" (I fit that category on December 26) shall claim the mantle Web 3.0. Defining Web 3.0 through a subjective assessment of what is or isn't "high quality" is like categorizing modern art into dozens of derivative subsets. It only has meaning for those who want to believe so. If Web 2.0 has eventually lost its meaning, unlike Web 3.0, at least it had some to begin with. I'll stay back with the rabble in Web 2.0, thank you very much.