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Savor the irony...

...but even posting here, Sid is right.


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Oct. 24th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
I've been lured in by the concepts behind "Web 2.0". User-managed content, community pollination, open standards... They're all nice and shiny on the outside. On the inside, they are sometimes nice, but the corporate decision-makers just can't get a grasp on the concept of letting the users dictate the content.

At the day job, I'd been tasked to conceptualize the new member site. I created a rather robust design proposal that allowed members to tag and rate content, communicate with each other, create profiles and add their own content and with a shiny new interface. After realizing that they really didn't have a clue what they were getting themselves into, they shelved the project in favor of a store redesign. There's talk again of re-visiting the old stuff after the store is complete.

But, the part that really frightens me about this is the users.

I sit close enough to Customer Service where I can occasionally overhear their phone calls. Boy, some people are really slow. I can't imagine giving them the power to manage content. On the other hand, I think it would be a rather interesting experiment to actually let them decide what they want to see and how they want to see it.

We'll see, I guess.
Oct. 24th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Well, since I'm posting this on a Livejournal (probably one of the best Web 2.0 implementations on the net), I do believe there's value in user-driven sites. I was going more for Sid's "Links to friends are the new dinner party. And sharing bookmarks is the new intimacy." It's gotten really bad when Luann is even poking fun at MySpace.

I hate to say it, though. Commerce-driven member site designs were already satirized in 1999.

Oct. 25th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
You know, when the comics start poking fun at anything "Popular", it's about to jump the shark.
Oct. 25th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
OMG! Goats is hilarious!

And me, laughing all the way to the bank. :)

See. Web 2.0 ain't all that bad.
Oct. 25th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
This is your first exposure to Goats?

You must be kidding.

That or I must be misunderstanding.
Oct. 25th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Nope. First time. You popped my cherry.
Oct. 25th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
That list sounds more like Web 0.5 to me. Web 2.0, to me, means AJAX, CSS, and tags, mostly. Well, CSS is more 1.5, but it's still part of 2.0.
Oct. 25th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Web 2.0 (according to the people who coined the term) isn't technology, it's people. Blogging is a primitive example, but community-based community-driven community-developed content is the idea. Livejournal, Myspace and YouTube are probably the best examples at the moment.
Oct. 25th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yet I look at the chart midway down the first page, and what I see is the technical developments that enable the new uses. Of course, I'm plenty biased here.
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