Web 2.0

Tim O’Reilly’s attempt at a compact definition of Web 2.0 (as opposed to his original article):

Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform. Chief among those rules is this: Build applications that harness network effects to get better the more people use them. (This is what I’ve elsewhere called “harnessing collective intelligence.”)

I also like Bob Stumpel’s checklist:

This is a stupid simple link bank, referring to everything that just might be a symptom of Web 2.0. I’m not dogmatic. Any sign of:

  • Collective intelligence / wisdom of crowds
  • Collaboration / sharing
  • Reviewing / ranking / rating
  • Community / social software
  • Enabling / empowering users

is good enough for a listing.

Though I’m certain some people will still not be convinced that Web 2.0 is anything other than a marketing buzzword (and completely meaningless). Oh well…

As for me, I’m about ready to join the revolution. Let’s see what 2007 has in store.

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