One of my readers Taewoo Danny Kim recently compared Web 2.0 to the Semantic Web and I think he hit on an important point. He wrote in an email that Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web are...
"...basically moving towards the same thing (web as platform) from two different directions: web 2.0 more from the business side and the Semantic Web more from the political (W3C) and academic (research) side."
Here on R/WW I tend to focus on business applications of 'Web as Platform' technologies, so I think twdanny is spot on. I've focused a lot on innovative software companies like Bloglines, Feedburner, Flickr, Amazon, Google, Yahoo, PubSub, etc. But pretty soon I'll start to more fully explore how non-techie businesses are being transformed by Web 2.0.
Over the past couple of months I've had email exchanges with people from various backgrounds: e.g. lawyers, investment analysts, librarians, journalists, marketers, PR people, educators. Plus of course technologists! I've also had emails from Internet executives who've told me they read my blog and like my ideas (much to my delight!).
I want to hear your stories
Web 2.0 is more than just a Silicon Valley phenomenon - it's transforming nearly every industry. There's certainly been a lot of talk about how journalism is being disrupted. I think most other industries are too and I'm planning to explore that in the coming months.
So keep an eye out for a wider range of business-related Web 2.0 stories on Read/Write Web.
If you're a non-geek reading this, I'd love to know what interests you about Web technology and how you believe it is transforming your career or life. Plus if you have any specific topics you'd like me to write about, let me know! In either case, please leave a comment here or email me at readwriteweb AT gmail DOT com.