What is Web 2.0?

Thursday, February 8th, 2007 at 08:00pm

A few weeks ago Alfie finally launched his secret project, a free competitor to realestate.com.au and domain.com.au. This is the project that has been taking up every moment of his time, so much so that he ‘had’ to pull out of presenting a paper at OSDC.

What does this have to do with Web 2.0? In his launch post Alfie claims that he made a Web 2.0 site.


Where is the API? What about an RSS feed of the search results? Where is the community? Why isn’t it easier to create an account? Why do you even need to create an account to list a property? Why can’t you comment on listings? All these are characteristics that I would expect from a Web 2.0 site and are even part of the definition on Wikipedia.

When I raised this at work the next day the response I got was that anything after the bubble was Web 2.0. And not just sites that started afterwards, this included sites that survived the bubble, you know, all those garish sites lacking in content or community.

So what is my point? I don’t really have one, this is just a rant that leads into an ingenious video explaining Web 2.0 that has been making the rounds of the news sites over the past few days:

Even Lessig blogged it which says something all of its own…

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