This blogging thing is really starting to work for me – no, I’m not talking so much about my own attempts at sharing my inner-most thoughts and insights with the world at large (or shall we say the exactly 100 subscribers we have according to Bloglines as we come up on our 3 months blogging anniversary on October 1st), I’m talking about being a consumer of blogs. Recently, I’ve especially enjoyed following some of the discussions around the concept of Web 2.0 in the blogosphere. For those of you who haven’t picked up on this new buzzword yet (and by the way, buzzwords are now being promoted to memes, or so it seems), you can find a succinct summary of Web 2.0 characteristics and many pointers beyond at Paul Miller’s insightful blog. Lorcan Dempsey has posted a graphic by Tim O’Reilly (who, by the way, also writes a blog I enjoy reading), which shows the technologies and ideas populating the Web 2.0 space.
If I had to summarize in one sentence what Web 2.0 means to me at this point (and what it means to me may be far from conclusive), I’d say that it’s a conversation about all the nifty tricks data can perform if it’s provided in a way which invites others to participate and collaborate in its exploitation. My excitement about my bank’s online portfolio management feature as chronicled here, for example, was Web 2.0 excitement. A lot of the Web 2.0 talk sounds familiar – hallmark features are virtues the cultural heritage community has espoused for years now, such as interoperability, modularity, collaboration, end-user participation, etc., but it’s refreshing to see those ideas dressed up in a new garb, and backed up by some new technologies as delivery mechanisms.
Too bad none of us will be able to go to the upcoming Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco – let’s just say that at $2795 a pop, it was not an item that would have gone unnoticed as an unbudgeted expense! Another way in which this blogging thing is really starting to work – at least some of us will have the good fortune of having drinks with Paul Miller & colleagues just after they’ve stepped off the plane – he offered to meet up in a response to one of my previous postings. Thanks, Paul!