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Web 2.0 Innovation: Is It The Internet's Future?Views: 709
Dec 28, 2005 1:29 amWeb 2.0 Innovation: Is It The Internet's Future?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Web 2.0 is here. Are you making use of it? Are you on the Web 2.0 bandwagon? If not, why not? Is this not where the Internet is headed? Just what is Web 2.0, anyway?

In short, Web 2.0 is a label for using the web as a two-way street. Web 1.0 put information out there, and all you could do was look at it. In Web 2.0, the observer is invited to change, add to, and manipulate data on the web. The users make the content, instead of just being given the content.

Early examples of this were the BBSes, forums, and USEnet. Any web site or technology that encourages people to make stuff instead of just look at stuff is Web 2.0. Also grouped into Web 2.0 are technologies for using the internet as an application platform. Web-based e-mail is an example, as is salesforce.com.

Squidoo: The idea behind Squidoo is to make searching for information more useful and more human, and to let the people that use it determine what information is the most useful. It's not like a blog, because it should be only about putting information up for people to use. You want people to "focus" on a subject. That's why the page is called "a lens."

You should update your lens every few weeks, but only if you have something to add to it, or if you've come up with a way to improve it. It shouldn't change just for the sake of change. If your lens is on a subject you're truly passionate about, this shouldn't be a problem. It's up to you whether you start more lenses or not. It can take a lot of time to maintain a lens, and you should really only do it if you have strong interest in the subject.

There is no right or wrong way to make a lens. You can get more information at SquidU. Ultimately Squidoo is a tool. Like any tool, it's only as good as the effort you put into it. If you truly pour yourself into your lens (or lenses), then they will work well.

Lamar Morgan
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Jan 25, 2006 4:10 pmre: Web 2.0 Innovation: Is It The Internet's Future?#

Chris Young
Lamar, Thanks for raising the issue of the Web 2.0 bandwagon.
A few weeks ago, I posted some thoughts on Web 2.0 on my Blog essentially it points out that all the functions of Web 2.0 have been around for awhile and the interactivity found in Web 2.0 were part of the original concept of web founder Tim Berners-Lee.

What we are seeing with sites like squidoo, are self publishing platforms that eliminate the need for any knowledge of web programming. Yes, there is value in providing a soap box for everyone to speak from the underlying challenge is to keep all of this personally relevant. Social bookmarking sites like RambleWeb (shameless self promotion...still in beta)show a value in that, they provide tools that can be private as well as fully public as is the case of similar sites.

Much of the hype around Web 2.0 has been that you are sharing information with others when, there are times when you don't want to share but would like to have distributed access without being tied to your personal computer.

The real value in Web 2.0 has yet to be realized.

Chris Young
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