Wireless mobility - Innovation - Digital convergence - mobile web 2.0
See this video
I’m sorry but I don’t buy this Web 2.0 hype.
What I’ve seen in this video is hypertext (1980′s!!!), RSS(1999), Wiki (1995), blogs (1997), video streaming (1980′s)… what’s new?
This video could have been recorded 8 years ago. Why are you trying to resell this again packed in a nice “Web 2.0″ box? The only new thing in this video is the “Google” logo, as any other Web 2.0 pamphlet … everywhere.
That’s like saying “if you still don’t understand GSM.” Which bit? That said, unlike GSM, there is no agreed upon technology or standard called Web 2.0 anyway. It is a cluttered attempt to summarise what’s “new” or “different” about today’s Web from yesterday’s, even though the Web itself defies a single definition unless we stick to the mundane, like HTTP and HTML. Given the wide ranging ideas in O’Reilly’s original piece, it is only vaguely useful as a framework for anything other than catching the mood. A bit like trying to sum up what’s different about today’s youth from yesterday’s and calling it Youth 2.0 (it’s probably already been done). Everyone ends up with an opinion, which is what has happened to Web 2.0 and it is now fairly meaningless. What pervades are those who try to package it as a kind of attitude or mindset that others don’t “get”. Good luck to them, but I will continue to argue that it has little substance beyond being a buzzword on the grounds that it is unclear thinking to think otherwise! Why don’t we just be honest and say that there are more interesting and exciting possibilities on the Web today and that to get us all fired up we can capture the mood with a buzzword – Web 2.0! I buy into that.
In the mobile world, there are NO substantial changes in technology or applications that constitute a major change in the way the industry works – or any other framework – due to new Web technologies. If anything, IMS, which has nothing to do with any “Web 2.0″ definition I have seen, is potentially the most radical shift in any shape or form, although it is so slow to be deployed that we would be foolish to start pumping up the industry with yet another “WAP revolution”. It is fairly clear that any substantial shift in mobile paradigms will probably come from new interface and hardware technologies, or a catastrophic collapse in voice and messaging revenues forcing a fundamental reset of the industry. Neither seem imminent and the migration from voice to data revenues continues to follow a stick-slip path. New Web technologies, some of which go under the Web 2.0 banner – like mash-ups and AJAX – are undoubtedly broadening the opportunities for mobile applications.
Meanwhile, back in the more mundane world of Web 1.0, we simply need more content available on the mobile – meaning plain old Web sites made available for mobile browsing. Operators should encourage more users to create their own WAP sites (Zinadoo have a great service for this) yet they seem uninterested in such obvious steps and continue to bore us with yet more tariff variations and broadband bundles whilst they sort out their never ending internal rationalisation projects etc.
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