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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Web 2.0 . . . ?

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not entirely sure what "they" mean by "Web 2.0", and to tell you the truth, the term is so loosely used that I'm not even sure that "they" know what it means anymore. But, I'm pretty sure that the fact that I can sit here on my couch and change the channel on my TiVo to enjoy slideshows of pictures posted by my friends and family (some 2500 miles away, some 200 miles away) in real time, instantly after they have posted them, is, at least, a manifestation of it.

Yes, the way it works technically is certainly "clunky" to say the least (friend's camera to friend's computer, friend's computer to friend's router, friend's router to Flickr, Flickr to FlickrCentral, FlickrCentral to TiVo Desktop Server, TiVo Desktop Server to Router, Router to TiVo, TiVo to TV), but the way it "works" from an user interface perspective is, basically, no more complicated than changing the channel on the TV.

No, I don't really know what "Web 2.0" is, but I do know that if this is part of it, I'm pretty excited for the rest of it.

P.S. Of course, if the navigation system on my cell phone which got me repeatedly lost this weekend (I was "leading" the caravan of people because, after all, who needs a paper map when your cell phone can tell you how to get there? -- 5 U-turns later, we turned it over to the paper map) is also "Web 2.0", it still needs some work.

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