Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What Is Web 2.0?

A really good writeup on - What Is Web 2.0? at Oreilly.

The conclusions included the following points....

* Services, not packaged software, with cost-effective scalability
* Control over unique, hard-to-recreate data sources that get richer as more people use them
* Trusting users as co-developers
* Harnessing collective intelligence
* Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service
* Software above the level of a single device
* Lightweight user interfaces, development models, AND business models

What I felt is the most important is Control over "unique, hard-to-recreate data sources". If you can generate/own such data; you can expose an API and thus take care of the other points mentioned.

Another point mentioned is rich UI using AJAX.

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