Good morning all
Apologies for the radio silence. I have been travelling and hence a delay. Among other things, I was in Berlin speaking at the Web 2.0 expo.
My impressions of this event were mixed. It was nice to meet everyone – and considering the work I am doing in German speaking counties with Web 2.0 and Enterprise social software/Enterprise 2.0; this was a useful event to attend due to it’s location.
However, my overwhelming impression was: The world is moving much more faster than Web 2.0 and the idea of Web 2.0 cannot keep up fast enough ..
Let me explain ..
Even during Tim O Reilly’s keynote on November 5 – I found myselves scanning my Blackberry for the Google phone announcement. Tim’s keynote was the same one he had given at a number of Web 2.0 events(by his own admission). Much of it was familiar to me. When it came to ‘latest developments’ with respect to Web 2.0 – Tim mentioned ‘Sensor networks’. This was interesting until I realised that he meant services like last.fm(in the sense that a network like last.fm ‘senses’ your music requirements and then suggests options to you based on what it has sensed)
Last.fm is all well and good but it is a relatively mature development.
My thoughts were on my Blackberry .. scanning the Google announcements ..
Maybe it was no coincidence that Web 2.0 arose in the 2002/2003 timeframe.
Web 2.0 was proposed in the post dot com era .. and the principles underlying Web 2.0 were created in the immediate aftermath of the dot com bust by Tim (2002 – 2003) when he asked the hypothetical question: what do the successful companies in the dot com era had in common?
The unsuccessful ones made the news from terms like ‘cash burn’ .. but what about the ones who had emerged as market leaders?
From that arose the whole idea of Web 2.0
However, my point is: In 2002/2003 we had the luxury of looking back because the market itself was stagnant. We no longer have that luxury in 2007 leading up to 2008.
My own talk on the impact of Mobile Web 2.0 on the Telecoms industry was focussed more on Social networking – and the idea of umbrella social networks i.e. social networks that span the Web and the Mobile Web.
So, as 2007 nears an end .. we have to ask ourselves .. is the world moving too fast for Web 2.0?
Should we look at last year(last.fm) or to the future?
Do we have the time to retrospectively abstract principles of successful companies when the Googles of the world are moving at a fantastic pace to dominate the web and the social networking arena?
Indeed Web 2.0 principles are still only now making headway in the Mobile and the Enterprise space .. but rate of change has increased dramatically for new principles to be abstracted by looking at the past ..
I wonder if anyone else had similar thoughts? Or is it that I am too familair with Web 2.0?
see synopsis of my talk in berlin :