Return of the Platform

C. Enrique Ortiz writes:

Two things define the essence of Web 2.0: 1) social network software, and 2) services on the web. And the common denominator between these two is collaboration.

At the center of social networks software are human relationships and interactions that are facilitated through web portals, providing easy access and sharing to/with others – the ability collaborate with others. “Social networks” is the power behind the successes of virtual communities such as MySpace, Facebook and others. “Social networks” is also at the center of how services on the web are being produced and consumed, as seen by the current number of Mashups, and the new ones that come into existence almost on a daily basis.

Services on the web is the foundation, the engine, the platform that fuels today’s (and the future) web – this is software developed as services. And these services are the new platform…

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