June 27, 2006

Bottom 5% of the Web 2.0

by Nick Montfort · , 2:33 am

Tim O’Reilly explains in this famous article (which, I swear, actually crashes Firefox on OS X) that “In our initial brainstorming, we formulated our sense of Web 2.0 by example:

Web 1.0   Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent
mp3.com –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> upcoming.org and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
stickiness –> syndication”

Now, the article goes on, but let’s stop at this first brainstorm. I didn’t bring my brain anorak and I don’t want to get brain drenched.

Aren’t there newly-evolved forms of some of the other famous “Web 1.0” ideas?


Web 1.0   Web 2.0
under construction –> blog hiatus
dancing baby –> All Your Base Are Belong to Us
MUD addiction –> World of Warcraft addiction
animated GIF –> YouTube
The Starr Report –> Colbert roasts Bush
Pathfinder.com –> Go.com
Wired –> Google
Internet service provider –> telecommunications monopoly
Mr. T Ate My Balls –> Garfield without Text
Geocities –> MySpace
<blink> –> {text-decoration: blink}
Internet Oracle –> Ask Metafilter
PointCast –> RSS
soliciting minors for sex –> soliciting adults to slaughter and eat