Web 2.Oh THAT's what it is !

The must read 5 page article defining just what Web 2.0 means which inspired this blog.

What is Web 2.0 by Tim O'Reilley.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Web 2.0 Marketing

Web 2.0 Marketing: "No doubt you've heard plenty about 'Web 2.0' lately. Of course, just because you've heard of it doesn't mean you actually know what it is.

Don't fret. A lot of the folks who bandy the term around don't really know all that much about it, either. Basically, it describes the next generation of online services delivered through the Web. Think of Flickr, Wikipedia, Ning, and del.icio.us, and you'll get the point.

The idea behind all these ventures is a good one: use the power of the Internet to hook people together to create content, share expertise, and provide checks and balances through social interaction. "

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Is Web 2.0 The Global SOA?

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web Services Blog: Is Web 2.0 The Global SOA? @ SYS-CON EN ESPANOL: "
Are we heading towards an architectural singularity in the software industry? Sometimes it looks that way. If you do a superficial comparison at least, Web 2.0 is all about autonomous, distributed services, remixability, and is fraught with ownership and boundary/control issues. And yet, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is all about, you guessed it, autonomous, distributed services, composite functionality, and is fraught with ownership and boundary/control issues. Sound similar, no?

It does seem that we have a classic case of fractal architecture on our hands. Is Web 2.0 actually the most massive instance possible of service-oriented architecture, realized on a worldwide scale and sprawling across the Web? The answer folks is, apparently so."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Evolution of Web 2.0

IT Business Edge: "With Peter Yared, CEO and founder of ActiveGrid, which provides enterprise features built on the LAMP stack to help enterprises rapidly build rich Web 2.0 applications."

No Web 2.0 Bubble? Hmmm....

No Web 2.0 Bubble? Hmmm....: "A new survey of venture capital investment seems to show no incipient bubble in funding new consumer Internet companies, according to Reuters' take. Well, let's hope so. But it's still early, and even the backers of the recent Web 2.0 conference warned that things were getting frothy. So do some VCs, such as Fred Wilson and Peter Rip."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Visualizing Web 2.0 (web2.wsj2.com)

Visualizing Web 2.0 (web2.wsj2.com)

The Web 2.0 Is Here (web2.wsj2.com)

The Web 2.0 Is Here (web2.wsj2.com): "Web 2.0 is white hot at the moment, and not just because of the hype, but because of the insane amount of stuff that's being built for it right now.

I know, I know. It sounds like the Cluetrain Manifesto all over again. Well, it kinda is.

Except that it's actually happening today all over the place and you can use it now (see BaseCamp, BackPack, del.icio.us, Flickr, Kiko, DropCash, Meebo, AjaxOffice, Bindows and dozens of others if you're not sure.)"...

Building Web 2.0 Applications? Think Big @ SYS-CON AUSTRALIA

Building Web 2.0 Applications? Think Big @ SYS-CON AUSTRALIA: "Reaching the tipping point that takes your Web 2.0 effort well past having a basic but barely functional number of users to achieving gravity defying critical mass should be one of your primary goals. Like Google, eBay, and now del.icio.us, iTunes, and probably even Wikipedia, having the top one or two spot in a given space is the key to being truly successful and staying there. With data formats being more open than ever, and your competitor's service a URL away, you can't give users any reason to pack their things up and go anywhere else. And that brings in the best practices that the Web 2.0 tenets embody. Ignore them at your peril. Let's take a look at why..."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Web 2.0 Show

The Web 2.0 Show

Friday, October 14, 2005

hackdiary: Using Wikipedia and the Yahoo API to give structure to flat lists

hackdiary: Using Wikipedia and the Yahoo API to give structure to flat lists: "Some of my recent (and final) work at the BBC has involved breathing life into old rolodex-style flat databases of content. With my colleague Tom Coates, I've been puzzling over how to take a list of text strings and turn it into a network of directed links."

[blog.forret.com]: Web 2.0 mememap overview

[blog.forret.com]: Web 2.0 mememap overview: "After I saw Tim O'Reilly's Web 2.0 mememap (via readwriteweb.com) and Dion Hinchcliffe's visualisation of Web 2.0, I realised they didn't cut it for me. They were somewhat confusing and chaotic. So I decided to make one myself.

So here it is: Peter's effort for a better Web 2.0 mememap visualisation:"

adaptive path » ajax: a new approach to web applications

adaptive path » ajax: a new approach to web applications: "If anything about current interaction design can be called “glamorous,” it’s creating Web applications. After all, when was the last time you heard someone rave about the interaction design of a product that wasn’t on the Web? (Okay, besides the iPod.) All the cool, innovative new projects are online.

Despite this, Web interaction designers can’t help but feel a little envious of our colleagues who create desktop software. Desktop applications have a richness and responsiveness that has seemed out of reach on the Web. The same simplicity that enabled the Web’s rapid proliferation also creates a gap between the experiences we can provide and the experiences users can get from a desktop application.

That gap is closing. Take a look at Google Suggest. Watch the way the suggested terms update as you type, almost instantly. Now look at Google Maps. Zoom in. Use your cursor to grab the map and scroll around a bit. Again, everything happens almost instantly, with no waiting for pages to reload.

Google Suggest and Google Maps are two examples of a new approach to web applications that we at Adaptive Path have been calling Ajax. The name is shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript + XML, and it represents a fundamental shift in what’s possible on the Web."

apophenia: Why Web2.0 Matters, Round Two

apophenia: Why Web2.0 Matters, Round Two: "This week, SIMS students came together to discuss Web2.0 - what is it and is it relevant to us? In the process, i found myself expanding my own understanding of what's going on and i wanted to share my thought process here, mostly to get push-back. Some of this is repetitive of others and my own thoughts, but i needed to write it all down for sanity sake."

Flickr Deploys every 30 minutes

All 3 entries tagged Flickr, Secret Plans and Clever Tricks: "So, it's true, they really do deploy (up to) every half an hour. Pretty cool; In answer to the two questions from the previous entry:

* Why do they do it?

Because they can. Because, for them at least, 'Release early, Release often' doesn't become any less effective, for any value of often. The smaller and quicker the releases, the less chance of regression, the faster features get to users, and the sooner feedback comes back to the team. Basically, they release pretty much every feature and bug-fix as soon as it's complete – they don't really bother with 'batching' releases like we do.

* How do they do it?

There are a number of tricks:..."

Why Microsoft can't best Google | Software as services | ZDNet.com

» Why Microsoft can't best Google | Software as services | ZDNet.com: "Google's turf is the Internet. It's not interested in devices that don't connect to it — Microsoft is welcome to that market. It simply wants to extend its reach to any device that does go online.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's focus on desktop capability is the crux of why it can't possibly succeed against Google (or any future Google equivalent). It's focusing on yesterday's market. "

Eventful Blog - A Reponse to Tim O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Article

Eventful Blog: "Tim O'Reilly's written an excellent piece attempting to define, once and for all, what the notion of 'Web 2.0' means.

One very interesting illustration (click link or photo to see full-size), the Web 2.0 'meme map', accompanies the first page of Tim's article. It illustrates what was captured in a session on Web2.0 at the recent FooCamp conference. As Tim says, 'It's very much a work in progress, but shows the many ideas that radiate out from the Web 2.0 core.'

It is the items, or memes, as it were, on this 'meme map', that I'd like to talk about. Specifically, how EVDB as a company views each meme, and how EVDB as a technology, and Eventful as a service, embody those memes."

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution: "I was talking with some friends recently, friends who don't own a computer. They were thinking of getting one so they could use Amazon.com to buy books and CDs. Not to use 'the Internet,' not to use 'the Web,' but to use Amazon.com.

Now, that's the classic definition of a 'killer application': one that makes someone go out and buy a computer.

What's interesting is that the killer application is no longer a desktop productivity application or even a back-office enterprise software system, but an individual web site. And once you start thinking of web sites as applications, you soon come to realize that they represent an entirely new breed, something you might call an 'information application,' or perhaps even 'infoware.'"

RSS 2.0 Specification

RSS 2.0 Specification

RSS is a Web content syndication format.

Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.

RSS is a dialect of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website.

oreilly.com -- Online Catalog: Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom, First Edition

oreilly.com -- Online Catalog: Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom, First Edition: "This step-by-step guide offers bloggers, web developers, and programmers an understanding of content syndication and the technologies that make it possible. It highlights all the new features of RSS 2.0, and offers complete coverage of its rival technology, Atom. Confidently teaches you how to produce your own data feeds to syndicate news and blogs."

XML.com: What is RSS?

XML.com: What is RSS?: "RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the 'recent changes' page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way."

Web 2.0 Conference 2005

Web 2.0 Conference 2005: "The second annual sold-out Web 2.0 Conference took place October 5-7, 2005 at the Argent Hotel located in beautiful San Francisco.

This year, we're taking Web 2.0 further, focusing not just on declaring the platform, but showing where the innovation is happening and what we might expect in the coming year. We're assembling a select group of thought leaders and innovators to explore this year's theme--"Revving The Web"-- focusing on the services, applications, businesses, and models that are reshaping the Internet, particularly for media and entertainment, communications and mobile, policies and legal issues, and the concept of the web OS."

We the Media

We the Media: "A Web site and Weblog About Topics and Issues Discussed in the Book We the Media by Dan Gillmor"

The Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds: "In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. "

Social software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Social software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Social Software lets people rendezvous, connect or collaborate by use of a computer network. It results in the creation of shared, interactive spaces."

Folksonomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Folksonomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords. More colloquially, this refers to a group of people cooperating spontaneously to organize information into categories, typically using categories or tags on pages, or semantic links with types that evolve without much central control. The use of formally typed links is however rare."

O'Reilly: Core Competencies of Web 2.0 Companies

O'Reilly: What Is Web 2.0: "Summary of what we believe to be the core competencies of Web 2.0 companies:

* Services, not packaged software, with cost-effective scalability
* Control over unique, hard-to-recreate data sources that get richer as more people use them
* Trusting users as co-developers
* Harnessing collective intelligence
* Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service
* Software above the level of a single device
* Lightweight user interfaces, development models, AND business models"

O'Reilly: Ajax isn't a technology

O'Reilly: What Is Web 2.0: "Ajax isn't a technology. It's really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways. Ajax incorporates:

* standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
* dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;
* data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
* asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
* and JavaScript binding everything together."

O'Reilly: Users add value

O'Reilly: What Is Web 2.0: "One of the key lessons of the Web 2.0 era is this: Users add value. But only a small percentage of users will go to the trouble of adding value to your application via explicit means. Therefore, Web 2.0 companies set inclusive defaults for aggregating user data and building value as a side-effect of ordinary use of the application. As noted above, they build systems that get better the more people use them."

O'Reilly: Harnessing Collective Intelligence

O'Reilly: What Is Web 2.0: "The central principle behind the success of the giants born in the Web 1.0 era who have survived to lead the Web 2.0 era appears to be this, that they have embraced the power of the web to harness collective intelligence"

O'Reilly: What Is Web 2.0

What Is Web 2.0 by Tim O'Reilly -- Defining just what Web 2.0 means (the term was first coined at a conference brainstorming session between O'Reilly and MediaLive International, which also spawned the Web 2.0 Conference), still engenders much disagreement. Some decry it as a meaningless marketing buzzword, while others have accepted it as the new conventional wisdom. Tim O'Reilly attempts to clarify just what we meant by Web 2.0, digging into what it means to view the Web as a platform and which applications fall squarely under its purview, and which do not.