TECH TALK: Web 2.0 Conference: Observations (Part 4)

JD Lasica posted some quotable quotes from the conference [1 2]:

Jeff Jarvis during a panel on RSS: “Big media should not be scared of giving away their content for free. What big media should be scared of is the death of the centralized marketplace.”

Someone quoting a new pearl of wisdom: “RSS is the ultimate opt-in.”

Esther Dyson: “The dimension that matters is time.”

Esther again: “The tagging matters” — ie, metadata will become increasingly important in the years ahead.

Jeff Jarvis again: “[Google] AdSense took the cooties off of home pages and blogs” as a place for advertising.

Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo: “All we have to do is get publishers to adopt it [RSS]. The readers don’t have to know what’s under the hood.”

John Battelle: “The force of 1 million sites with 1,000 users is far larger than 100 sites with a million users. … The tail has an incredible amount of power.”

Quick factoid from a powerpoint slide: 20% of all searchers account for 68% of all searches.

“More cell phones are sold in four days than all the Apple computers in history.”

English is no longer the majority language of weblogs. It’s still the plurality language, but all the other languages combined now outnumber English in the blogosphere. [Technorati slide]

Dan Rosensweig: “The Web is the most selfish medium ever invented — people want what they want, where they want it, when they want it.”

Steven Levy of Newsweek summed up the conference:

Are you ready for the new Web? It’s getting ready for you. It turns out that bidding on eBay, gathering with Meetup and Googling on, um, Google are only the opening scenes in a play whose running time will top “Mahabharata.” While we’ve been happily browsing, buying and blogging, the tech set has been forging clever new tools and implementing powerful standards that boost the value of information stored on and generated by the Net. Things may look the same as the old Web, but under the hood there’s been some serious tinkering, and after years of hype among propeller-heads, some of the effects are finally arriving.

“Web 1.0 was making the Internet for people,” said’s Jeff Bezos at the conference. “Web 2.0 is making the Internet better for computers.” That doesn’t mean that the two-legged set is left out. To the contrary, the new Web is based on what’s called an “architecture of participation.” Successful Net ventures draw strength from the activity of users, both on their own sites and on the Web in general. (Examples: the communities of reviewers on Amazon, and the publicly derived reputations on eBay.) As sites share their information, all the Web takes on new value. (Example: Google lets people run searches from other Web sites.) The machines get into the act by knowing how to act together, as if the Internet were one giant computer.

In Web 2.0, news items, blog entries, financial results and images are no longer locked on virtual pages, but easily detachable. This can be done because info-nuggets are now routinely “tagged” in a way that computers can identify, access and transfer. Then the nuggets can be used wherever you want.

The first Web is now 10 years old and for many of us, has transformed the way we live and work. Let us see what the second Web delivers.

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Rajesh Jain

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