Feedster has named Read/WriteWeb one of their Feeds of the Year. Their summary of my blog is pretty funny, given the controversy over the past few days. Russell Shaw, whose post was the final straw which led me to declaring myself fed up with all the Web 2.0 hype and debate, was one of the judges!
Talk about coincidence. A couple of days ago on my ZDNet blog, I wrote a post that I titled Web 2.0? It Doesn't Exist. The theme of my post was that the designation "Web 2.0" for many new Web applications is overgeneralized, implies a commonality that is not there, and is, above all, a marketing-driven contrivance. Now, coming in at #13 in our countdown is Read/Write Web- a feed by Richard MacManus, one of the popularizers of the Web 2.0 concept. Just yesterday, Richard swore off the designation after he read my post. I promise you, I judged this feed before this all went down. The main thing is, though, that Richard still believes in the underlying technologies of what some would call "Web 2.0." Guess what- I do too .-- Russ.
Dana, though, has his own take. That's totally cool. I value diversity of thought.
Judge Dana Blankenhorn-"A great blog for Web 2.0 fans, covering both tech and business issues, with good links. Well written, decently presented, highlights his own ZDNet blog Few people leave comments, though. Maybe because the feed is excellent."
Judge Betsy Richter doesn't have any comment, but if there was a "Web 1.0" and is a "Web 2.0," I'd say that Betsy, who was the founding editor of Excite.com when it was "exciting," is equally at home in both worlds.
Thanks Russ, Dana, Betsy and Feedster. I'm honoured that you chose me.
p.s. Dana brings up a good point - why don't I get more comments? Maybe it's my attitude ;-)