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  What Is Web 2.0
Subject:   What is Web 2.0
Date:   2005-10-26 05:14:29
From:   perfected
Hi Tim, as I mentioned on radar, I do not believe that Web 2.0 is about user interfaces, but rather making it easier for applications to understand other applications.

For this reason, I dont believe that Flickr is a Web 2.0 application. A Web 2.0 application is one that does a small task and does it well, then it is re-used (a bit like using standard libraries in development). A great example of this is Salesforces' AppExchange.

I describe more of my point of view as well as examples in my post What Does Web 2.0 Mean for Business (http://www.nik.com.au/archives/2005/10/26/what-web-20-means-for-business/)

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  • What is Web 2.0
    2006-09-03 11:39:26  abulhaaris [View]

    "A Web 2.0 application is one that does a small task and does it well, then it is re-used".

    It is interesting that this how Unix applications and shell's ability to setup pipes between applications (as unix processes) were characterised. Each unix application did something small and did it well. Then, using a simple mechanism of linking the byte stream output of one to the byte stream input of another made beautiful macro applications that could carry out remarkable tasks in concert. I claim that Web 2.0 dates back to the Unix (or perhaps Multics). MacOS and Windows brought GUI but they forced us to work in an environment of standalone applications. Applications could not be married together using simple bonds. I never expected OLE to be glue that could hold multiple applications together.

  • What is Web 2.0
    2005-11-07 06:19:28  minoopy [View]

    Response to this comment and "Knowledge as the next 'Next Intel Inside'" from Tim Finin.

    As described in this comment, web 2.0 should make applicaitons understand each other. Is it too fast for the Web to develop at the current stage? Borrowing the comments from Tim Finin in his Knowledge as the next 'Next Intel Inside', with RDF data standards was fully recommended above XML/XSLT within the Web 2.0 era, the semantics between the applications could be built up, since then the real "understanding" between the applications could be stated.

    This is purely my personal view point. Welcome all kinds of comments!
  • Tim O'Reilly photo What is Web 2.0
    2005-10-26 17:29:41  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Maybe you don't know, then, about the Flickr API, which makes it easy to reuse the flickr database in other applications. That's part of what has made it a web 2.0 poster child with lots of innovation and re-use. Google for instance for the Flickr color picker...