September 18th, 2007
I’m giving a presentation on Web 2.0 technologies for the Atlanta SPIN organization tomorrow evening (for details and directions to the meeting location, click here), and I thought it would be a good idea to update the mind-map I’ve been refining and extending over the past year and a half; I’m up to version 35 at this point, and there’s still more material to add. You can download the 25-megabyte PDF file by clicking here, or by pointing your Web browser at www.yourdon.com/downloads and double-clicking to download the file.
Here’s a summary of the additions and changes I’ve made to this version:
- I made a number of minor cosmetic changes to clean up various items on the 32-page mind-map, in order to make it easier to read and understand.
- On the “Cultural Issues” page of the mind-map, there’s a branch labeled “People Power,” with a sub-branch titled “Citizens,” and a sub-sub-branch titled “Products get used in unexpected ways.” To that sub-sub-branch, I added a link to a New York Times article explaining how Craigslist is now being used by prostitutes in various parts of the U.S.
- On the “Miscellaneous books” branch of the “References-Books” page, I added an thumbnail icon, and a link to the appropriate Amazon page, for David Weinberger’s book, Everything is Miscellaneous.
- Also on the “References-Books” page, I added a new branch titled “Books I haven’t read yet,” which lists 10 relatively new Web 2.0-related books … which I’m hoping to read, but probably not in the next month or two. I haven’t provided Amazon links, but if any of them look interesting, you should be able to find them easily.
- On the main “References” page, I added a number of new items to the “conferences” branch — with links to an AJAX World conference, the Web 2.0 expo in Berlin, the Web 2.0 expo in Tokyo, a London-based conference called “Future of Web Applications,” a Paris-based conference called “Le Web 3,” an “Asia Web 2.0 Conference” in Singapore, a link to next year’s Wikimania 2008 conference (for which the host city has not yet been chosen), and a link to the upcoming Boston-based Enterprise 2.0 conference. This is in addition to several existing Web 2.0 conferences, all of which suggests that the topic has now become fairly “mainstream” in Europe, North America, and Asia.
- On the main “Technology” page, there’s a branch labeled “Design Guidelines, best practices,” with a sub-branch titled “Agile.” To that sub-branch, I’ve added a new sub-sub-branch with a link to a blog posting by Scott Rosenberg (author of Dreaming in Code, which I discussed in several blog postings earlier this year, starting with this January 15, 2007 entry), in which Rosenberg argues that most of the Web 2.0 products and services actually have a 5-year development cycle.
- On the “Google” branch of the “Big Vendors” page of the mind-map, I’ve added a link to an article in the Economist titled “Who’s Afraid of Google?“
- On the “Wikipedia” sub-branch of the “Wiki” page, I’ve added a new sub-sub-branch with a link to an article noting that the 2 millionth article was added to the English-language version of Wikipedia on September 12, 2007. By contrast, Encyclopedia Britannica has approximately 100,000 articles.
- Also on the Wikipedia sub-branch, I’ve added a new sub-sub-branch with a link to an August 19, 2007 New York Times article about “Wikiscaner” entitled “Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits.”
- On the “Business Issues” page, there’s a branch titled “Government,” to which I added a new sub-branch, with a link to a September 2, 2007 New York Times article entitled “Logged In and Sharing Gossip, er, Intelligence” about the creation of something called “A-Space,” which is roughly analogous to MySpace for the various intelligence agencies of the U.S. government.
- Also on the “Government” branch, I’ve added a new sub-branch with a link to a poll currently being conducted by Federal Computing Weekly, entitled “Is the government ready for Web 2.0?“
- Also on the “Government” branch, I’ve added a new sub-branch to an article entitled “IBM on governmental blogging.”
- On the “Introduction-Overhyping” page, I’ve added a new branch, with a link to the Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator — which helps you come up with catchy phrases, like “integrate user-centred blogospheres” for your new Web 2.0-based product or service. And it’s free! Think of the millions you would otherwise be spending for creative marketing geniuses to come up with the same phrases!
- Along the same lines, I’ve added a link to the Web 2.0 Company Name Generator to the “Small startups, small vendors” branch of the “Products-Vendors” page. Now you’re really ready to launch your own Web 2.0 company, create a lot of attention, and then sell out to Google for gazillions of dollars. Heck, maybe I’ll do that — and stop spending my time updating this damn mind-map!
- On the “Political Commentary” branch of the “Intro-Society” page, I’ve added a link to a new article entitled “2008: the Web 2.0 election?“
- Also on the “Intro-Society” page, I’ve added a link to a May 7, 2007 C|Net News.com article entitled “American public: wired, but not Web 2.0? That’s normal, study says” — which notes that roughly 73% of American citizens have Internet access, but only 8% make active use of Web 2.0 products and services.
- On the “Cultural Issues” page, there’s a branch titled “Generational Issues,” where I’ve added a new sub-branch that provides a link to an August 23, 2007 Wired article entitled “Rise of the Silver Surfers: The Over-50 Social Media Opportunity.”
- On the “Trends-Social/Cultural” page, I’ve added a new branch, with a link to an August 18, 2007 blog posting on the O’Reilly Radar site titled “Revenge by Gadget.” I think I’ll get me one of those gadgets.
- On the “IBM” branch of the “Big Vendors” page, I’ve added a new sub-branch with a link to an August 23, 2007 article describing IBM’s acquisition of Web conferencing service provider WebDialogs.
- On the “Reactions and trends in large companies” page, I’ve added a new branch with a link to a blog posting called “Knowledge Worker 2.0.”
- On the “Yahoo” branch of the “Big Vendors” page, I’ve added a new sub-branch with a link to a September 17, 2007 Infoworld article describing Yahoo’s recent acquisition of Zimbra.
I could probably have added another hundred links, branches, sub-branches, and assorted details in addition to all of this, but I’ve run out of time. Hopefully this will keep you occupied for a while, and I’ll create yet another update in the coming weeks. I’ll be giving a two-day seminar on Web 2.0 technologies in Rome on October 29-30 (for more details, click here), so it’s almost certain that I’ll have at least a couple of additional updates between now and then.