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Friday, November 04, 2005

Web 2.0 : Issues & Potential

Dion Hinchcliffe has posted a very insightful and wonderful piece on the issues he perceives with Web 2.0 – he thinks that if we can address these, 2006 will be a banner year for Web 2.0
1. Excessive Hype
2. Lack of Simple Definition
3. Aging Poster Children
4. Needing A Permaconnection
5. Ajax as the Official Web 2.0 Experience
6. Excessive Attention On The Technology
7. Really Bad Adherents
8. Blogging Instead of Doing
9. Not Facing Hard Truths
10.Adopting The Lightweight Creation Model
- Like the agile methods are making some smaller companies deliver better software, the big guys need to reinvent their development shops and that's a hundred times easier to say than to do. In my opinion, expect a new generation of companies to build Web 2.0.
Every new internet movement popular enough to generate buzz also generates a backlash. While http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0 Web 2.0 may mean different things to different people, much of it involves public participation and contributions from the commons. Web 2.0 is very open, but all that openness has its downside: With mass participation problems overshadow genuine activities like the splogs over blogs, it is for a reality check. Nicholas Carr in an article titled "The amorality of Web 2.0,", Carr slammed overeager Web 2.0 proponents as hyper-hyped.The problems of Web 2.0 may have more to do with human nature, and less with the qualities of bottom-up, online media. After all, the postal system has junk mail, the phone system has 419 scams and telemarketers, and stock markets constantly attract cons. Earlier in response to his criticisms about Web 2,0, I wrote that Nicholas carr has rightly picked up the holes in the Web 2.0 hype- but cut the rhetoric, I do believe in the idea of Web 2.0 and that its time has come – for the simple reason that the web has to see advancements and it has to begin to impact normal life in more ways & means that what it is today and I do not subscribe to the media vs blog battle and that the media is losing the battle – the media may be seen to be losing as like other industries it has not looked in terms of cutting costs through means like offshoring, globalization – theres no one single global newspaper, global TV channel – also it has faced maximum technology changes in its ecosystem. – But to say that the web has threatened it to the extent of killing is wrong – as this note shows, adaptation is the key to succeed – online Wall street journal earns more than print version. So in essence it is just good models always win – with or without Web 2.0. I strongly beleive in the potential of Web 2.0. As I see it with mashups transcending known frontiers, Web 2.0’s impact shall be felt more with the emergence of platforms for the development of rich Internet applications and services. Ajax is enabling the creation of plug-in free Web apps that rival the performance of client-based desktop applications. These developments represent the very tip of exciting innovation to come — innovation that will require a new approach to venture investing led by a new breed of angel and venture investors that are able to successfully balance irrational exuberance with prudent funding to fuel the creation of new platforms for growth.

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