Web 2.Over?

I heard this soundbite today (pronounced “web two dot over”) as Silicon Valley’s response to the crisis in the financial markets, declining consumer spending, and the imminent recession.

In many ways, I think it’s true.

  • Many of the previously-unconstrained-by-revenue web 2.0 startups are in for a reality check.

However, in many ways, I think the Web 2.0ver assertion is not true at all. In fact, it almost misses the point. While a swarm of eyeball-catching, oddly-named, twenty-something-led startups may get obliterated, that wasn’t the point of web 2.0 (outside venture circles, at least). To me, web 2.0 was, is, and will remain, an important collection of concepts that will endure:

  • A read/write web, where we can participate, update, annotate, comment, link, tag, etc
  • A social web, where there is awareness of relationships that can be leveraged appropriately
  • User-generated content, which is here to stay and, in fact, always has been (think: radio call-in shows, Kids Say the Darndest Things, or America’s Funniest Home Videos)
  • The use of the web for communication and entertainment. People are natural communicators. We will always adapt our tools to that fundamental need.
  • A personalized web, that understands what we like and how we like to get it

These concepts — and others — came with web 2.0, and perhaps despite the illness of the hosts who brought them, they are most certainly not web 2.0ver.

6 responses to “Web 2.Over?

  1. The death of a term — or its long shunning through ridicule — won’t change the simple fact that people want better interfaces and that the strongest defensible advantage for the forseeable future is the ownership of a Magnetic Effect, in which people invite other people into a sharing network that grows in value with every accepted invitation.

  2. A very smart post Mark. I really like your last list of bullets summarizing what Web 2.0 brought us and what still remains. Gives me hope!- Lance

  3. Remember after the internet bubble popped all the companies that dropped the .COM in their name? Guess companies will have to add vowels back into their names now…

  4. brilliant post mark! thanks for sharing!

  5. interesting post nice job!

  6. Web2.0? Very interesting post. It makes for a more lengthy discussion and maybe some debate. ;) Thanks for this.Kristina

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