Tim Berners-Lee on Web 2.0: "nobody even knows what it means"

by admin September 2, 2006 at 10:07 am

Web 2.0: to hopeful entrepreneurs, it has the sweet smell of money about it. To those of a more cynical disposition, the scent is more akin to *ahem* dookie. Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has just weighed in on the Web 2.0 question in a podcast interview for IBM, and he’s not big on the term. In fact, Sir Tim has some really big doubts that Web 2.0 is different from Web 1.0 at all.

When asked if it’s fair to say that the difference between the two might be fairly described as “Web 1.0 is about connecting computers, while Web 2.0 is about connecting people,” Berners-Lee replied, “Totally not. Web 1.0 was all about connecting people. It was an interactive space, and I think Web 2.0 is of course a piece of jargon, nobody even knows what it means. If Web 2.0 for you is blogs and wikis, then that is people to people. But that was what the Web was supposed to be all along. And in fact, you know, this ‘Web 2.0,’ it means using the standards which have been produced by all these people working on Web 1.0.”

Full story: Ars Technica