Web 2.0 Arrives: Software upgrades promise to turn the Internet into a lush rain forest of information teeming with new life
That’s a headline of a discover article on the web 2.0. And isn’t it beautiful? Eventually a magazine that gets it right, translates it for human beings instead of nerds (no offence ;), nice metaphors, well-written, smart. Some random quotes, utterly out of context, simply because i love them:
Now consider how a group of poodle experts might use the Web 2.0.
You can think of Technorati as the Google of the blog world
Essentially, the Web is shifting from an international library of interlinked pages to an information ecosystem, where data circulate like nutrients in a rain forest.
[del.icio.us] is a little like creating a manila folder for a particular topic, and every time you pick it up, you find new articles supplied by strangers all across the Web.
The initial information value of the review remains: It’s an assessment of a new book, no different from the reviews that appear in traditional publications. But as it ventures through the food chain of the new Web, it takes on new forms of value
Some of this information exchange happens on traditional Web pages, but it also leaks out [into other appliations]
The difference between this Web 2.0 model and the previous one is directly equivalent to the difference between a rain forest and a desert.
[Why] we value tropical rain forests is because they waste so little of the energy supplied by the sun while running massive nutrient cycles
[In a rainforest] all the available energy has been captured on the way down to the earth. Think of information as the energy of the Web’s ecosystem.
This is good news whether we love poodles or not, but it’s also good news economically because the diversity of the ecosystem makes it a fertile environment for small players.
Oops. Now i quoted so much… anyway, this article is awesome, it just made it straight into my first top-ten articles ever, i think. A big thanks to Steven Johnson, the author, and discover.
good stuff, and a perfect introductory article about the web 2.0. and just because it’s so awesome, here’s another link to the article.