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Joel (on Software) on Web 2.0

Now it’s tagging and folksonomies and syndication, and we’re all supposed to fall in line with the theory that cool new stuff like Google Maps, Wikipedia, and Del.icio.us are somehow bigger than the sum of their parts. The Long Tail! Attention Economy! Creative Commons! Peer production! Web 2.0!

The term Web 2.0 particularly bugs me. It’s not a real concept. It has no meaning. It’s a big, vague, nebulous cloud of pure architectural nothingness. When people use the term Web 2.0, I always feel a little bit stupider for the rest of the day.



Not only that, the very 2.0 in Web 2.0 seems carefully crafted as a way to denegrate the clueless “Web 1.0” idiots, poor children, in the same way the first round of teenagers starting dotcoms in 1999 dissed their elders with the decade’s mantra, “They just don’t get it!”

Irgendwie ist das symptomatisch für ein ganzes Genre von Web 2.0 bashing nach dem Muster:

  • eine Unterstellung: and we’re all supposed to fall in line with the theory
  • ein Gefühl: When people use the term Web 2.0, I always feel a little bit stupider for the rest of the day.
  • eine Verweigerung: seems carefully crafted as a way to denegrate the clueless “Web 1.0” idiots
meta 30.10.2005 #