Saturday, November 26, 2005

Web 2.0 Revisited (Web 2.5 Soon?)

In this post, I hope to give readers a bigger picture of what can be classified as web 1.0 and web 2.0. I am expanding on the list of examples in "O'Reilly: What is Web 2.0".

Web 1.0 Web 2.0 Web 2.5?
DoubleClick-->Google AdSense -->Google Click-to-Call Ads
Akamai-->BitTorrent / Freenet>Napster / iTunes / MP3.Baidu
Britannica Online-->Wikipedia-->Growth of Wikis [wikicities]
personal websites-->blogging / podcasting
evite--> and EVDB
domain name speculation-->search engine optimization-->SEO Companies (blacka nd white hat techniques)
page views-->cost per click-->More costly cost per click
screen scraping-->web services-->web & software services [MS OfficeLive]
publishing-->participation-->more participation (like
content management systems-->wikis-->wikis (wikipads, NumSum, etc) and blogs
directories (taxonomy)-->tagging ("folksonomy")-->artificial intelligence (swicki)
stickiness-->syndication-->Not just for blogs. Now we have news, content-related services, watchlists. And the new buzz about Really Simple Sharing (NOT Really Simple Syndication).
newsgroups-->forums and blogs-->blogs workgroups (e.g. b5media, web 2.0 workgroup)
social networking via chat rooms--> / 43things

Lets face it. Web 2.0 is now about 2 years old... and this week, you can see that "Web 2.0" and "Ajax" have gone up to the front of Technorati search list (beating the forever popular keyword "Bush").

The Case for Web 2.5 - No

From my mini survey of people having a keen interests in IT, I realised that many many people are not aware of web 2.0. Some admitted having came across this word, but don't know the meaning. Got one guy even tried to guess that web 2.0 is a "new form of html". (To clarrify, web 2.0 is an attitude, a trend, not a technology.) So this means that Web 2.0 is still relatively new. Maybe we need to wait another 1 to 2 years to introduce this term - Web 2.5 or Web 3.0. Further more, we don't really have anything substaintiable to define web 2.5. We can just dump anything new that comes along the way [anything to do with ajax for example], as web 2.0

The Case for Web 2.5 - Yes

Every new trend will eventually fade. Right now we are seeing lots of new and innovative ideas. As the barriers of technology break down, and new stuff are invented, its all a question of when, not how. Web 2.5 can be specifically used to describe the expansion stage of Web 2.0. Study the table above closely to see what I mean.

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