Web pioneer and HTML inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee thinks the Web 2.0 moniker is just a term that describes the purpose of the internet as it’s always been.
In a short, filler piece in the new issue of MacUser Magazine (15 Sept, Vol 22 No 19), Berners-Lee is quoted from an IBM podcast as saying, “Web 1.0 was all about connecting people. It was an interactive space, and I think Web 2.0 is of course a piece of jargon, nobody even knows what it means. If Web 2.0 for you is blogs and wikis, then that is people to people. But that was what the web was supposed to be all along.”
Right on, Tim. Some people think that saying a site or service is Web 2.0 is a positive marketing term, implying that you are at the bleeding edge of cool and modern, but I challenge anyone to really explain what the heck it means. And while you’re at it, tell me where I can download the Web 3.0 beta – I’m dying to see what that’s all about. 😉
Web 2.0 is really just the web evolved. We don’t call ourselves Human 2.0 because we grew thumbs and made fire, so lets all just get over the marketing hype, shall we? Thanks.