I was browsing the Oxford University Press (OUP) blog and came across a fascinating item about Web 2.0. It is a movie, originally from YouTube by Mike Wesch, which he calls “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us”. I liked it so much that I have put a comment on the OUP blog saying that I think it is brilliant. I also commented that maybe this latest incarnation of the Web should be called the Web Wide World, or that we could call it the “wwww” (four W’s) standing for the Web Wide Word World! To understand what I mean I recommend that you watch the movie – it reveals how both the inside and the outside of the web is made up of words and other letters, be they XML, HTML or even plain English (as well as all the invisible software and protocols behind the scenes). It also attempts to reveal how the web is changing us all and the way we interact with each other.
There is a more straightforward explanation of what Web 2.0 means on Wikipedia, but for communicating the look and feel of the present collaborative state of the art of the Web I would recommend this short movie.
I won’t attempt to create my own Etymology this time.
Instead I will refer you to Andy Budd’s Etymology of Web 2.0
Andy Budd starts his 27 page presentation with a list of buzzwords, which include Podcast, Tagging, RSS, AJAX and Wiki. I knew what most of them were. The one that I decided to look up was GTD, which turned out to be Getting Things Done, but that probably says more about one of my weaknesses than about this presentation, which is 27 web pages of fabulous content about an “Architecture of Participation”. As Andy Budd says “Web 2.0 isn’t a thing … It’s a state of mind.”
I hope that as participants in this Web 2.0 WordPress blog you will enter into that state of mind and leave your comments here! After all, this blog item is an example of me GTD after a rather long break – well my excuse was that I was travelling in South America, and fabulous it was too!