Getting A Jump on Web 2.1 aka Web 2007

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Web 2.11Despite the apparent hype factor of “Web 2.0”, I am really starting to get into the whole Web 2.0 phenomena. I think it really clicked when hearing about it in various panel discussions at Mix06.

The foundations are quite simple. Web 2.0 is about:

  • User created content.
  • Using AJAX to make websites UI responsive
  • Providing simple Open APIs.
  • Harnessing collective intelligence
  • And so on…

But jumping on Web 2.0 now is like jumping on a hot stock. By the time you’ve heard about it, so has everyone else. That information is immediately absorbed by the stock market and reflected in its price. In other words, you have already missed the boat sucka.

So I am letting you, my limited audience, in on a secret. The time is now to leap ahead of your competition and embrace Web 2.1.

Web 2.0 is oh so five minutes ago. Now that Microsoft is joining the Web 2.0 fray, you know they are going to get it right. But they won’t get it right in 2.0 (remember Windows 3.0 or .NET 1.0? Exactly). It is all about adding the .1 baby!

At Mix 06, Microsoft unveiled their vision for the web, which seeing as how their modern product versioning system works these days, will be marketed as Web 2007. By the time it is released it will probably be called Microsoft Web Based Collective Intelligence and Open API AJAX Platform (or WBCIOAAP for short). I personally can appreciate the double “A” thrown in there.

Some of the pillars of Web 2007 WBCIOAAP include the following:

  • Why stop at user generated crap? Animal generated content! Who better to fling crap on the web than animals?
  • AJAX is about making UI responsive. But why be so reactive? Web 2007 introduces PRAJAX! It combines the power of prayer to create PRedictive AJAX. This stuff is going to rock!
  • Current efforts to harness collective intelligence makes the unreasonable assumption that everyone who contributes is equally intelligent. Well we know that ain’t true. Introducing the Microsoft Idiot Filter. If you are going to allow tagging, this software makes sure to filter out the idiots, leaving 5% of the tags, but a very intelligent 5%.
  • And so on…

I will be converting my business and Subtext into a Web 2007 application soon. What about you?

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9 responses

  1. Avatar for Codecruncher
    Codecruncher March 31st, 2006

    Oh, yeah. I can imagine some of the possibilities of PRAJAX and I'm just, like, shivering, you know? Software that fills out forms for you, writes tags for you, chooses your password to your e-banking accounts for you... the possibilities for mayhem are virtually endless!!!
    Happy April 1st. =)
    PS.- Did you know that in Spain the equivalent to April 1st is December 28th?

  2. Avatar for Simone Chiaretta
    Simone Chiaretta March 31st, 2006

    Probably it's my poor understanding of english, but... is this an "humor" post or whatever?

  3. Avatar for Codecruncher
    Codecruncher March 31st, 2006

    I think it is, Simone. Take into account that April 1st is in the anglo-saxon countries "April's Fool", a day traditionally devoted to pranks and jokes. In Spain is in December 28th. Don't knoow about Italy, though.

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    Simone Chiaretta March 31st, 2006

    Yeah, I know... this year it seems that everybody is joking... like the new version of slashdot.. aka pinkdot :-)

  5. Avatar for Joe Brinkman
    Joe Brinkman March 31st, 2006

    The bigger question is whether or not Phil's blogs would make it past the MIF. Once implemented I expect the blogosphere will shrink to about 5 bloggers.

  6. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked March 31st, 2006

    The bigger question is how your comment made it through the MIF. But then it hit me, it is Microsoft Beta software after all. ;)
    I've got a friend on the inside working on a backdoor to keep my blog from getting trapped by the MIF. It costs a pretty penny.

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    jayson knight April 1st, 2006

    heh, good one Phil!

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    Niels April 1st, 2006


  9. Avatar for Brian Most
    Brian Most April 2nd, 2006

    I want to roll it back to 2001 retro-style, and talk about Web .NET:
    Can anyone help expand this? I'm thinking MS Comic Sans with a fixed font size, pregnant 60-character URLs, IE-only, frames aplenty, gratuitous style tags like a Word HTML export, two page features fighting to stick content in the same named pop-up, smuggled smart-quotes, and loading up on animated GIFs like they were going out of style.