Web 2.0
Condemned to the 5th Circle of Hell


Note: The one that everybody’s been waiting to kill. This definition is taken from Tim O’Reilly’s blog, who was at least there when the phrase was coined. Boy, he’s going to love this.

Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an “architecture of participation,” and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.

(from the man himself, Tim O’Reilly)

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    Fernando Lucas Says:

    I think we already had rich user experiences. Like, Flash sites, great PHP code, and AJAX. Yes, AJAX is just a stupid new name for something old. Microsoft came up with the XML-JavaScript realtime concept for interaction a loooong time ago. Then some nerd decided that it was really cool and made a big deal, and now everyone wants it without knowing what it is for. Then there’s Ruby and other stuff, that are really quite cool, but as any other new technology, its just new technology. If we were to count the breakthroughs in cell phone technology as “we” do with the Web, then my cell phone should be a 14.0. Also, WEB is not an app.

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    Ian Gordon Says:

    This word should be banned too because people overuse it and it might have been novel at first but, now it’s just getting annoying.

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    David Longworth Says:

    I agree it is overused – destroy it!

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    MWarp Says:

    i think that this definition lacks one thing – that Web 2.0 should be easy to use not only for humans, but also for machines (screen readers, robots, etc)

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    ber Says:

    Oh please kill it!
    I hate fancy names for normal things. Can’t we just call it “progress”?
    I mean, isn’t it just a slogan they came up with for the name of their conference?

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    Chris Says:

    This is one of those buzzwords that went way out of control. Somehow after the obsession of 1995 of adding 2.0 or any other numerical key to indicate a new improved this has grown like a weed into the next great marketing term. I swear Web 2.0 is one of those things that indicate that a company is still more marketing hype than actual dev house. Blegh. Kill this one and make it burn for eternity next to my piles of Kazmo stock options.

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    karmatosed Says:

    Out of control? This buzzword has knobs on and is probably one of my pet arghs for the last year. I can only hope 2006 sees the death of this overused phrase. Just call it evolution and enjoy I say.

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    Devix Design Says:

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    Nik Steffen Says:

    Thank god this is on here. You can’ walk your dog these days without someone mentioning it at the stoplight or the wind whispering it to you.

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    Anonymous Says:

    “Web 2.0″ is to quality design as to the “blogosphere” is to good blogs. A big flashy term used first to talk about the bad examples. The true innovation is being overshadowed by the hype and glitter.

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    Bryan Says:

    I knew you guys would like this on here. :)

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    Ben Says:

    I hate this term. It’s ridiculously pompous and deserves a right proper thrashing.

    The internet hasn’t changed, it’s just new technologies, these things happen all the time.

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    Richard M. Says:

    I knew it was trouble when my friend asked me to build him a Web 2.0 website. arrrrrrrrgggggggg… let it burn!

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    Fazal Khan Says:

    This is a ridiculous term, so happy it’s here. The only time it should ever (and i hope it doesnt) reappear is if the core technology that it travels on i.e broadband is changed/upgraded. O’Reilly should get slapped for this!

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    That Guy Says:

    Kill it. Now. Unless you want to start seeing people post to a Blog 2.0

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    Lowell Wood Says:


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    James Graham Says:

    May it R.I.P., please!

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    Sketty Says:

    Bloody technologists! Too much blogging, not enough concentrating on what people want. Where’s my flying car you geeks?! Never mind Web 2.0, I can only download so much porn.

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    Steven Teskey Says:

    The revolution! Everyone promised so much, and delivered… I’m not actually sure what it delivered… Whatever, burn it.

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    Dryte Says:

    the term web 2.0 should only ever be applied when humans require zero interface appart from hardware installed on/in their bodies to comunicate and compute.

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    dude Says:

    The Cro-Magnons didnt call themselves Humans 2.0 when they killed off all the Neanderthals…. or does technology not need our help anymore?……

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    Webba Says:

    dude’s right, whatever the hell he’s talkin about.

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    Charles in Cleveland Says:

    I think the auto makers had this on one of their cars: XLWeb 2.0Z

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    Matt Says:

    Gonna look stupid when some journalist attempts to look “relevant” by referring to Web 3.0.

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    santouras Says:

    I hate web2.0 with a passion. Since when was the internet versioned? I’ve learned to live with ajax as its a handy phrase to describe a complex theory. web2.0 on the other hand serves no purpose whatsoever.

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    Ja Says:

    Yes, this one must go. It’s nothing more that a buzzword for pundits to spin for marketing purposes… nothing has really changed on the web in the last decade.

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    Gordon B Says:

    Remember when there was that stupid site serving up “web 2.0 badges”? “Oh, look now I’m web 2.0 *certified*, and the little Flash badge dances around and makes noise so everybody knows it.”

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    CSQRL Says:

    Seriously, this has to be one of the most terrible crimes committed on interweb mankind.

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    Lionstone Says:

    A buzzword defined by buzzwords.
    A title needed to define the normal evolution of technology.
    It is sick. Now please, let it die.

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    Jon Says:

    Oh please! We’re onto Web 3.0 now!!

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    Rich Says:

    If I don’t have to hear this phrase again I’ll be a happy man!

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    devnull Says:

    Ahhhh… Web 2.0, I just love it!

    This cute 2.0 is wonderful, it simply goes with everything, absolutely everything! And so meaningful too.

    And no matter how often I hear it, I never get bored of it.


    Thanks Tim.

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    Sirikan Says:

    Ah good to see people are using the new BS 2.0 standard to make words up again :D

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    Mechón Barsa Says:

    Web 2.0. It’s so overused by people who don’t even have a clue about technology. Reporters who don’t have a clue. Managers who don’t have a clue. Even technical people have trouble finding out its meaning.

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    Johnny Says:

    Web 2.0 must die! Uahahaha

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