Web 2.0 as the Era of Interfaces, Redux
In this Era of Interfaces, we have many criss-crossing themes. Among them: Recommendation Systems are an end goal of Web 2.0 applications. This is done by collaborative filtering over user-supplied data. Examples of interfaces include Del.icio.us Popular, Movielens Movie Recommendations, and iTunes Music Store Top Songs. More semantic Data Formats. Joe Reger’s new tool highlights [...]
In this Era of Interfaces, we have many criss-crossing themes. Among them:
- Recommendation Systems are an end goal of Web 2.0 applications. This is done by collaborative filtering over user-supplied data. Examples of interfaces include Del.icio.us Popular, Movielens Movie Recommendations, and iTunes Music Store Top Songs.
- More semantic Data Formats. Joe Reger’s new tool highlights what will be a growing trend: uploading XML Schema or RelaxNG files to your blog tool so that you can write posts in any genre you want. Movie reviews? 5 paragraph comps? News articles? Yes.
- Monetizing the Tail. Chris Anderson is documenting the economics of today, today.
- Web 2.0 is about Sharing. Sharing our data with others so that we can remix it with other, shared data. Remixing is the catalyst of innovation.
- Openness doesn’t mean free. Companies will provide APIs to their data that most people can use, which means that its open. Commercial interests are murky.
- Ajax Vs. Flash. This is a topic upon which I’m sure there will be much future discussion. Parts of Flash are going open source. Ajax is standards-based. Both have their proponents.
In addition, we have many new questions:
- How do you build an architecture of participation?
- Is collaborative filtering only possible on large data stores?
- What is the difference between Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web?
- Is Ajax a Web 2.0 technology? Does the distinction matter?
- Is there a future for a web-based Office suite?
- How long will the distinction between a search engine and a blog search engine last?
- Will RSS or Atom supercede XHTML as the display format of choice?
- Who controls content?
- What’s the difference between an application, a platform, an API, and an interface?
- How do you monetize…X?
- What are the limits of social software?
- What will Microsoft do?
- Who’s Buying Who?
- Is Web 2.0 a marketing ploy, or something real?
Lots of questions, huh? And I’m sure I’m missing a ton of them, these were the ones I thought of in the last 5 minutes. Got an answer to or a viewpoint on any of them? Drop me an email at bokardo at bokardo daught com or add a comment.
By the way, the posts I linked to in the top section are ones that I’ve written since my first post about the Era of Interfaces, which I did on August 1, 2005, less than 2 months ago! Is the Web changing fast, or what?