Web 2.0

Everybody’s talking about the new meme on the block: Web 2.0. But what exactly does it mean?

Tim Bray doesn’t like the sound of it. Tim O’Reilly, on the other hand, is all for it:

"Web 2.0 is the era when people have come to realize that it’s not the software that enables the web that matters so much as the services that are delivered over the web."

Over at Wired News, Kevin Kelly says it’s all about joining the hive mind. Digital Web, meanwhile, are starting a whole new series about Web 2.0 which aims to cut through the hype and get down to brass tacks, examining the technologies that are driving the new paradigm.

[I can’t believe I just used the word paradigm in a completely unironic way.]

There’s still no quick and easy definition for exactly what Web 2.0 is. It’s kind of a "I know it when I see it" type of thing. In any case, it looks like the moniker is here to stay so let’s get used to it.

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