A couple different, interesting Web 2.0 articles to check out. Two are written by Tim O’Reilly, and the third was written by James Fallows. Mr. O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. You can read his bio here and his short bio here. The first article we will link to that Tim wrote is an oldy but goody, written on September 30th, 2005 for O’Reillynet.com. The article is titled ‘What is Web 2.0‘ and is an in-depth look at the Web 2.0 movement that we seem to be in the midst of. Many people have seen this image on Flickr¬? - (look at this search for the image on Flickr to realize how far reaching the image and post were).
The other two posts are what bring this original post up. Mr. Fallows made a post on the website Technology Review¬? about his attempt to live on the ‘new Web’ for two weeks. James makes a quote in his article about a website, Dodgeball, and how it ‘clearly meets most of the standards Tim O’Reilly, of O’Reilly Media, laid out last fall in his manifesto “What is Web 2.0.” .‘ Tim posts a response to what James wrote, and comes up with an interesting hierarchy of Web 2.0. Time basically states that people are too quick to label a website or application as being Web 2.0, and that it takes more than the inclusion of Ajax to earn this lofty title.
The meaning of Web 2.0 will almost certainly have some degree of debate or controversy, but¬? there is definitely a lot of truth to the idea that this is more a a greyscale than a simple black-and-white subject. The post does as good a job as any at describing the differences between a variety of popular websites that have been touted as ‘Web 2.0,’ but as long as there is not a definitive definition or unanimous decision on what this overused buzz word really means, it will remain a topic of debate, and¬? these articles are definitely recommended reading to help with this debate.