Why I Love “Web 2.0”

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You might’ve heard in many, many places how people just hate the term "Web 2.0". How people find it misleading, over-hyped, and whatever words you can associate with it. Infact, I’ll give you some examples:

Let’s Ban the Phrase Web 2.0 – Gadgetopia
Web 2.0 Doesn’t Mean Anything Yet – Chris Pirillo
Architecture Astronauts are Back – Joel Spolsky
– Google search: "hate web 2.0" and "hate the term web 2.0"

But I have a slightly different view from all these "I’m too cool for Web 2.0" people. I’ll tell you why I love the term Web 2.0.

– It may be a VC-hijacked term, but it sure is encouraging hundreds of entrepreneurs and their startups.

– It may be the name of a conference, but it’s the shortest word you can use to explain the revolution of the web.

– It may be over-hyped or overrated, but it’s surely getting people thinking.

– It may be a misleading term, when thoroughly gone into, but people just get it.

– It may be just a word, but who are you to say that it won’t have any effect on the future of the web?

– It may be a VC-attracting, get rich quick term for some, but what if someone took it seriously and created history?

– It may be a word, two numbers and a dot, but doesn’t it sound cool? 

Seriously, here’s a question for all you Web 2.0 term haters: can you coin a better term? It has to:

  • sound cool
  • explain your "accurate" definition of web 2.0
  • encourage people toward the future of the web
  • get people thinking
  • get people agreeing
  • be leading (and not misleading)
  • be understandable by regular Internet people
  • be short

Hard? I would think so. Web 2.0 is a term and we have to appreciate it as to what it is. If you can come up with a much better term, excellent, but until then, the worse thing you can do is call ‘Web 2.0’ all the things it’s being called.


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