Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Calling Web 2.0 Local BoFs!

Ever since Tim O'Reilly & Media Live hosted the influential Web 2.0 Conference 2005 (see full coverage here) there is too much noice around the web for Web 2.0. Amid all the confusion that is always good for getting popular, the majority is celebrating the birth of this animal. And still, there are some that have started seeing the faults and problems with the newborn.

So what exactly is Web 2.0? Why all this excitement? For those who have been around for enough time, its like having the mid 1990's again - when it was fun discussing with friends what is FTP and what does CGI stand for! In short, it is a transition that the web (as we know it or as it is now being referred to as Web 1.0) has seen from being an (almost) one-way media to a n-way communication platform which suits computers as much as it suits human users - or more tersly Web 2.0.

While the definitions vary from blog to blog and even from time to time, when somebody asks me what is Web 2.0, I'd take a crude (but pragmatic) approach and would just pass them the following paragraph as the intoduction to the Web 2.0: What follows isn't any detailed description of what Web 2.0 is, but just the names of the companies and entitities that are part of the new web wave. If you understand (or get to understand) what these companies are and what they do, you have almost got to the point of understanding what is Web 2.0.
Newsgator, Outcast, Feedster, Social Text, Jot Spot, Six Apart, World Press, Delicious, Technorati, Flock, Flickr, Tagalag, Google & Yahoo Maps, Microsoft Live, Amazon's Mechanical Turk, Laszlo, Ajax, Morfik ....(yes, I know I've missed a cool dozen or more enteries that could rightfully be here)
We might not be any match to China but there is no harm if we start tracking Web 2.0 in Pakistan just like they're are doing in China at China Web 2.0 Review.

Are you interested in forming a BoF (Birds of a Feather) alliance for tracking Web 2.0 in the local context of Pakistan/Urdu etc? Let me know via your comments.


At 11:01 AM, Blogger Ovais Khan said...

See a list of top Web 2.0 apps here:

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Adnan Masood said...

Here is an excellent presentation about Web 2.0 and the evolution which lead to it.

The concepts were there for quite some time; RDF, digital anthropology et al; now technology is there to support the implementation.


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