Web 2.0 is Flat Out Weird

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"It's like I'm perched on the handlebars of a blind man's bike."
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Posted on November 12, 2006 7:32 PM in Computers
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I'm not real big on the whole Web 2.0 thing, simply because I just see the web evolving. I guess I haven't seen anything truly worthy of a point release (figuratively speaking). However, if I can take off my nonconformist hat for a second, I just have to say that Web 2.0 is really, really weird.

There's a whole lot of evidence I could give to back that statement up, but I'm hoping a majority of those who read this will be able to think of a few oddities on their own.

I will say, though, that Follow That Page (via Digg) is, at best, a Web 0.5 feature. I remember a similar service in the mid- to late-nineties that alerted you via email when a website changed. In fact, I think I actually set something like that up on my Jenny McCarthy site. Why revert back from web feeds to something so old school?

Oh, and if I had the choice, I would have majored in Web Science (again, via Digg) instead of Computer Science.

And finally, I hate to break it to all the Digg fanboys out there, but Kevin Rose hasn't "demolished the old internet" and most certainly hasn't "built a brand new one" (yet again, via Digg). There probably wouldn't even be a place for said fanboys to make such claims were it not for people like Tim Berners-Lee.

But like I said, Web 2.0 is weird.


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