Web 2.0 version 50

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November 25th, 2007

I’ve been accumulating new Web 2.0 materials for the past week or so, and it’s time for an update. As usual, the new version is available to you in several different formats. If you’d like to see it as an (ugly Betty) Google Docs presentation, click here. And if you’d like to make additions, corrections, improvements, or enhancements to this collaborative document, please sent me an email (”ed” at “yourdon”-dot-com); there about about a dozen registered collaborators now, though it doesn’t look like anyone has been brave enough to edit the material yet.


If you’d like to download the 24.2-megabyte PDF file, which looks much prettier and now has more than 500 embedded URL links to various Web 2.0 books, conferences, articles, blog postings, and other resources, click here.


The same PDF document can be viewed and downloaded from my page on Slideshare; to access that, click here.

Here are the additions, changes, corrections, and refinements that I’ve added to this version:

  1. On page 20, I created a new page with some additional information about microblogs that would no longer fit on the old page 19. In particular, I added a sub-bullet item linking to a Dopplr case study published by Stowe Boyd, based on a presentation he gave at Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin in November, 2007.
  2. On (new) page 115, I added a new bullet point that links to an article, “The Death of Email,” indicating that the younger generation is abandoning traditional email in favor of IM, Facebook, and Twitter.
  3. On (new) page 86, I added a bullet point linking to Tom Davenport‘s November 13, 2007 Harvard Business blog about why Facebook won’t succeed in the corporate environment. An opposing viewpoint was posted on the same blog a few days earlier by Forrester Research’s Charlene Li, entitled “Why Your Company Needs To Be on Facebook.”
  4. Also on (new) page 86, I added an example on the bullet point about social networking becoming a business tool: in mid-November 2007, the first “enterprise application for Facebook” was announced.
  5. Also on (new) page 86, I added a bullet point with a link to a Nov 16, 2007 Computerworld article entitled, “Corporate blogging: does it really work?
  6. On (new) page 112, I added a note about the forthcoming Gumby device, as an example of “ambient devices“.
  7. On (new) page 79, I added a bullet point about a “negative” social network called “WeNeither.”
  8. On (old) page 19, I added a sub-bullet point indicating that Twitter has even invaded popular television shows — appearing on an episode of CSI New York.
  9. On (old) page 13, I added a bullet point for another Web-based service, LiveDocuments, which announced in mid-November 2007. And I provided a link to a commentary on the new service from Nicholas Carr.
  10. On (new) page 111, I added a bullet point with a link to a Nov 24, 2007 Wall Street Journal article, “A Little Laptop with Big Ambitions,” describing competitive/political battles that Nicholas Negroponte is having with Intel and Microsoft while trying to promote the One Laptop Per Child On project.
  11. On (old) page 10, I added a new bullet point about Kindle to the list of items about how the publishing world is going to be changed by Web 2.0; I reference Steven Levy‘s Nov 17, 2007 Newsweek article, “The Future of Reading,” as well as my own recent blog reviews of Kindle, and my recent blog posting that summarizes six other Kindle reviews.
  12. On (new) page 28, I added a couple of sub-bullet points to the existing bullet point describing Web 1.0 as “static” content; and I included a link to fleck.com, which lets people annotate and mark up arbitrary web pages.
  13. On (new) page 50, I added a sub-bullet point beneath the existing comment about “crowdsourcing,” and provided a link to Google’s crowdsourcing initiative with Google Maps, described as “think globally, mark locally.”

That’s all I’ve got for the moment, though I’m sure more material will emerge in the coming days. Be on the lookout for version 51 in the next week or two…

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