are you 2.0?

20 01 2006

today in zdnet.com, richard macmanus blogs his impressions of the impact web 2.0 technologies will have on websites across the internet in ’06 in his post popular elements of a 2006 web site or service.

he’s a bit over the hype being given to tagging.  while it is beneficial to users, macmanus points out that it’s "really just keywords, so there’s no reason most websites can’t utilize them more to help their users navigate." 

he sees 2006 being a big year for aggregation.  from the biggest of the big boys (yahoo!, google, microsoft) to the little guys (personal bee and newsvine) everyone will be trying to extract more value from more content.

2006, he predicts, will also be a big year for content filtering and ranking with a lot of innovation from small companies that will drive this area toward maturity.

similar to my prediction regarding blogs and wikis being integrated into various platforms this year, macmanus feels rss will be embedded into all sorts of applications.  and that makes logical sense to me. rss gains it’s real value when it is in context of a project or a collection of resources on a particular subject.

and finally, he predicts a rocky legality ensnared year for mash-ups over content rights management issues.

from my perspective, it would seem to me that he’s pretty much right on these issues, i thought it interesting that he left blogs and wikis off his list.  having just starting reading macmanus’ blog, i will confess that i’m not up to speed with all his opinions.  blogs and wikis may just be yesterday’s news for him.

he also skips over the read/write web, social networking platforms, and workflow collaboration tools.    with tools like writely, linkedin, and basecamp leading the way, these areas are significant influences on the direction new innovations and maturing technologies will trend. 

i disagree with him on aggregation.  i’m not sure that it’s clear sailing for rss quite yet.  as syndication has moved into some mainstream tools – primarily browsers so far – or become morphed in to "mega-rss" tools (mysyndicaat and mysmartchannels) i’ve found the applications a bit more confusing than helpful.  on the other hand, a tool like suprglu does show what’s possible.

despite these somewhat minor growing pains, i agree with macmanus that 2006 will see the continued adoption of web 2.0 technologies. and that’s a good thing!

will be embedded into all sorts of applications.  and that makes
logical sense to me. rss gains it’s real value when it is in context of
a project or a collection of resources on a particular subject.

and finally, he predicts a rocky legality ensnared year for mash-ups over content rights management issues.

from my perspective, it would seem to me that he’s pretty much right
on these issues, i thought it interesting that he left blogs and wikis
off his list.  having just starting reading macmanus’ blog, i will
confess that i’m not up to speed with all his opinions.  blogs and
wikis may just be yesterday’s news for him.

he also skips over the read/write web, social networking platforms, and workflow collaboration tools.    with tools like writely, linkedin, and basecamp
leading the way, these areas are significant influences on the
direction new innovations and maturing technologies will trend. 

i disagree with him on aggregation.  i’m not sure that it’s clear
sailing for rss quite yet. as syndication has moved into some
mainstream tools – primarily browsers so far – or become morphed in to
"mega-rss" tools (mysyndicaat and mysmartchannels) i’ve found the applications a bit more confusing than helpful.  on the other hand, a tool like suprglu does show what’s possible.

despite these somewhat minor growing pains, i agree with macmanus
that 2006 will see the continued adoption of web 2.0 technologies. and
that’s a good thing!


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