For those trying to get their head around this whole Web 2.0 thing, check out the podcast of the August BayCHI meeting titled Are you ready for Web 2.0?. The speakers at this talk are great: clear, passionate, and to the point.
I was struck by how the language around Web 2.0 is starting to solidify. In particular, Stewart Butterfield talked about “public APIs” and the “architecture of participation”. David Sifry talked about how people share their ideas and mark up others with RSS and tags. Paul Rademacher talked about “service-based apps”, making a distinction between the “data side” and the “interface side”. Of course, if you read bokardo you know that the data side (if public) is actually an interface too: an application programming interface. See Two Kinds of Interfaces in Web 2.0. And Thomas Vander Wal talks about “Come to Me” web, an interesting notion that is part of his “Personal Infocloud”. In addition, the moderator, Rashmi Sinha, has a good writeup on the move toward Web 2.0.
This podcast was really fun to listen to. Each speaker talked for ~10 minutes, which is a good length of time for a quick introduction to one main idea. The dicussion afterward was interesting, too, but a little scattered. Whether you like the term or not, this podcast will get you thinking more about Web 2.0!