Thursday, July 19, 2007
Web 2.0 is the new browser wars
This morning I ended up reading a ton of blog posts about things like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Google, Yahoo, etc. So called "Web 2.0" stuff, which is a label I had dismissed as a horrible buzzword. But I realized that all these platforms are really trying to do the same thing: hosting and manipulation of online identities and private, public, and semi-public data. The problem is there are no standards yet. Each platform reinvents the wheel, making "Web 2.0" platform-dependent - exactly the opposite of what was intended. Hopefully this is just a natural process that will eventually settle on some sort of open standards, but it sure is a mess right now and reminds me of "the browser wars."