Many people within academia and the media believe that this current generation, my generation lacks social skill, lacks a sense of community , and has no idea what is going outside the “Daily Me“. This persistent stereotype irks me to no end; this is simply not true. But I can see where this idea sparked, and it is from a severe disconnect in communication. We are speaking different languages. We are in Web 2.0 while others seem to be stuck in Web 1.0. Web 2.0 is all about connecting, collaborating, and creating.
Web 2.0 connects the world and brings forth the wisdom of crowds as seen through the greatest collection of collective to date– Wikipedia. The # hash not only allows Twitter users to add flourish to their 140 character stream of consciousness, but creates a signal to others who are thinking and tweeting the same things. The wall between a content creator and consumer has been broken down by Web 2.0 applications, and the difference between the two is often muddled.
The collaboration between groups of people has never been easier or more streamlined. Google docs allow for a seamless collaboration of many people to one project with no need to coordinate schedules.There is an encouragement of sharing and reusing( outside of the DMCA) , you want others to repin, reblog, retweet, remix, mashup, and like your posts. You want your thoughts heard and appreciated.
All of the best applications are built off of other current web applications. When new things are created by the mixing and blending of multiple APIs, then that is the apex of Web 2.0. The ability to create and publish has been made available to the masses by the internet. However the way in which this massive amount of content is seen and interacted with is the stuff of Web 3.0
What I think Web 3.0 will bring is the movement to internet everywhere. From mobile devices, (which I think all applications should be built for) to wearable technology. Because of this infusion of tech into a greater number of devices, the design and aesthetics are going to be the core necessity for success.
Response to Tim O’Reily’s Web 2.0 discussion