Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Web 2.0 Defined: The future of the social web

Here is an article you HAVE to read! It is by the MIT Technology Review and it is an article about web 2.0 and the future of the social web. Click here to read the article

Here are a few sections from the article:

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The third trend nudging us into a new era of computing is probably the most important and the least expected. It is the emergence of the Web as a platform for personal publishing and social software. The examples are as diverse as informational sites such as blogs, craigslist, and Wikipedia and services such as Gmail, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Delicious [and BlinkList of course! :-)].

All of these are examples of what software developers and Internet pundits have begun to call "Web 2.0": the transformation of the original Web of static documents into a collection of pages that still look like documents but are actually interfaces to full-fledged computing platforms. These Web-based services are proliferating so fast because they can be built using shared, standardized programming tools and languages developed, for the most part, by the open-source-software community.

The most radical ideas in Web-based software, however, are flourishing in an area that might be called "social knowledge management," represented in part by sites like Friendster, LinkedIn, and Ryze [and hopefully in the future "blink*" sites! :-)].

Such social-networking sites generated a wave of venture investment and new users in 2004. At their best, they are like human search engines: they exploit the "six degrees of separation" concept to help people make connections with friends of friends of friends who may share similar interests or business goals.

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As I said, this is a must read article! Pretty eye opening and right on the mark. They are really identifying some of the biggest shifts that are taking place online. The most interesting part of it all is that "community," "sharing," "reputation," and "social networking" are the cornerstones of this trend. Does this mean eBay will/should start looking in this direction as well?

Mike
Blink It

4 Comments:

Anonymous Tom said...

Mike

Interesting article. The speed with which these Social Nets grow is incredible. I just connected to Linked In within the last couple of weeks, and it seems to be blossoming in front of me. Good stuff.

BTW - while it might be a good idea for eBay to re-invent themselves, I think they are locked in to a "product" orientation, instead of perhaps brokering business relationships via the Net...the the possibilities are pretty cool.

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