April 16, 2006 | By Peter Bihr |
Over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to find a decent, to-the-point definition of Web2.0. Now, the term is used so brutally fuzzy most of the time, and there are so many different definitions. How to explain, to a non-tech non-nerd crowd, what the deal is? It’s in a way both the pain and the charm of this whole 2-point-0 thing: It’s still developing and in flux; It’s narrative.
It’s more helpful, makes it more graspable to tell a story than to give a technical definition. Like Steven Johnson’s desert vs rainforest comparison that tells us that information is for the web what sunlight is for a natural ecosystem: In the desert, or Web1.0, the energy provided by the sun goes mostly unused, wasted, it’s just a few people finding their websites mostly at random, but a many website’s wisdom goes to waste. Enter the 2.0 rainforest: Energy/Information is scrutinized and used and re-used in different forms by all kinds of plants, animals, scavengers, software programs and bloggers, thus creating a rich and diverse information ecosystem.