Web 2.0 Gaining Currency

Interesting thoughts on Web 2.0 from Wired, including probably the best “definition” of Web 2.0 that I have seen to date: No one may be able to agree on what Web 2.0 means, but the idea of a new, more collaborative internet is creating buzz reminiscent of the go-go days of the late 1990s.

Web 2.0, according to conference sponsor Tim O’Reilly, is an “architecture of participation” — a constellation made up of links between web applications that rival desktop applications, the blog publishing revolution and self-service advertising. This architecture is based on social software where users generate content, rather than simply consume it, and on open programming interfaces that let developers add to a web service or get at data. It is an arena where the web rather than the desktop is the dominant platform, and organization appears spontaneously through the actions of the group, for example, in the creation of folksonomies created through tagging.

The article also includes a brief overview of some of the more prominent Web 2.0 companies, including Flock, Orb, Zvents, Rollyo, Pub Sub and Zimbra. I have to say, I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of the new Flock browser!

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