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What matters 2.0

Tim Bray

in a post entitled What Matters: “Every day that goes by I believe more
and more that the only important new thing is that the Net is


Everything that matters follows from that.”

I came across this the same day that I noticed a newround
of ‘defining web 2.0’ posts popping up (it’s a never-ending cycle). I came to
the realization at the end of last year that web 2.0 is an umbrella term, a
catch-phrase for this era of the Web. It can – and does – mean anything that
people say it means. e.g. take this snippet from an interesting MercuryNews interview with VC Peter Thiel:

Q What’s different from Web 1.0?

A Those companies that are
successful are incredibly successful, and a lot of the other companies have no
value at all. That’s the thing that is so dizzying about Web 2.0.”

OK, chalk that up as definition # 53,651 (to pick a big number out of the

<High Horse> But I have no problem with all these definitions anymore. What matters
is that the current era of the Web is vibrant and making a difference to real people. In the
end, that means more to me than trying to define what in essence is just a
catch-phrase – although admittedly a very handy one with many uses. </High Horse>

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