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Monday, March 27, 2006

What is Web 2.0?
Once again I am here to post a pleasant commentary about the future. My girlfriend doesn't think complaining about a different product every post if good enough. The term 'Web 2.0' has been floating around the net recently but very few people have a good idea of what it actually is. Do I have to upgrade? Does it cost extra?
In my words, Web 2.0 is a shift in page design not specifically in one direction. It is just the next step in the evolution of the internet. The interesting part may be that there is a word for it. It has been branded by America and there was a conference. Sadly, the conference made people realize that all the people that are obsessed with this distinct new internet are in fact the people who lost it all in the first dot com bust and still are hanging on to the dream. anyway....
Flickr is Web 2.0 because of its picture 'tags' which is are rletavely new way to find information. (Yahoo! Just bought Flickr and realized the bandwidth fees are enormous and the site is not profitable since it is free and only 80 people buy pictures from Flickr a month! Due Yahoo! WTF?) Hopefully they won't kill it because that would be a bad PR move. Google is Web 2.0 because of its clean look with bold type depending on the hyperlinks status on the page.
Blogging is Web 2.0
Digg.com is Web 2.0
However, the most interesting web 2.0 stuff happening are sites like http://ajaxwrite.com/ The site uses java and Ajax to create a free word processor on the net that you don't have to download or even register for. Go check it out. Its pretty cool. Web based software is the newest form of Web 2.0 I have seen and it will be interesting to see what kind of business model it will need to take off. So far programs over the net have been free or have failed. Keep a look out for this stuff and with the open source model for software becoming more prevelent thanks to innovative people who just want to see what a software can do that the producers haven't thought of.

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