Saturday, May 06, 2006

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 What is it? If your keeping up with all of the computer and internet related chit chat these days, your hearing a lot about Web 2.0. At this point, we still have a ways to go before this all shakes out, but what is emerging goes something like this: The internet is morphing into a sort of on-line Operating System. A platform where all of your assets no longer reside inside your computer but rather exist on-line. By assets I mean software, storage, files, contacts, communications, account records, everything. These assets are then accessable from anywhere, anytime via not just a computer, but any number of devices including your cell phone, your television, your PDA and presumably your wristwatch. Assets can also be shared with family, friends, business partners, employers, the CIA and the IRS.

Cory-apn says... maybe there are some worthy concepts here, maybe not. Two things come to mind. First, moving everything off of our computers and on to a server somewhere is not a new idea. That is exactly how things worked before the invention of the personal computer. You accessed a mainframe computer through what was called a "dumb terminal". Apparently Web 2.0 would have us return to those good old days. Personal computers will become obsolete. Second, with all of the serious security related vulnerabilities associated with the internet, how are we to trust moving our assets on-line?

Regardless, it's happening. Like it or not. Just how far this concept goes remains to be seen. Here are some links to Web 2.0 related sites so you can explore the idea yourself:

1. Web 2.0 Google search
2. Web 2.0 Wikipedia
3. ThinkFree Online
4. Rent Software
5. Windows Live
6. AjaxWrite
7. Wayfaring
8. Flock
9. Flickr
10. Rollyo

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