Ed Tech Talk #47 - O'reilly and the web 2.0 conference controversy
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May 28, 2006
A special episode dealing with the o'reilly web 2.0 conference debate. We were fortunate to have been joined by Doug Symington, Tom Raftery (THE [email protected] GUY) and Harold Jarche who all gave their 2 cents on the issue. I must say, holding down the fort without Jeff is not nearly as fun as having him around. This is an important issue I think... and one we'll probably see again. Several representatives of O'reilly.net were contacted and offered a spot on the show. John Battell replied, but said family committments would not allow him to join us. (I'd like to apologize to Tom for getting his name wrong 18 times during the show... hee hee. oops.)
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Upgrading to the term Web 2.1
I realise its a bit late, but I have just thrown some interesting ideas about this at my MindSpace Art Blog/Podcst.
In addition to sharing my two cents worth, I mention how it is actually quite dammagin for this issue to remain largely unresolved (even though O'Reilly has backed down) and I propose an interesting solution:
So I propose an interesting solution to this issue. I think from now on, everyone should refuse to refer to the term “Web 2.0? and instead use the term “Web 2.1?. Not only does this give O’Reilly no leg to stand on, it also sends a clear message that the social web will not stand for corporate intimidation. So in this way, it is describing a new version of the web, which justifies an incremental version increase. And with an almost self prophetic irony, it is creating a new version of the web that the term itself ushers in. Web 2.0 has been around long enough for it to look significantly different now compared to when it first emerged, so I think it is high time to evolve to Web 2.1. Web 2.1 can also represent the related fights for Internet Neutrality (www.savetheinternet.com and www.itsournet.org) and Free Culture (www.lessig.org and www.eff.org).
To pre-empt any future issues, I’ll state that not only Web 2.1, but Web X.X can now be considered a generic term, so no one can own trademark control over it in the future.
Of course, the only way for the term Web 2.1 to become completely generic and for people to be free of unacceptable corporate restrictions and intimidation is for this idea to be spread and used. Ok, sure, it is a long shot, but if it was to happen, ideally, it should not be used blindly, but should be used with knowledge of what it represents and why it became necessary.
I've now dug a little deeper, and found that quite a few people have proposed that incrementing Web 2.0 is a good idea, which is great - it might just catch on yet. However, none of the posts that I read went into the same detail I covered in my post.