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Discovering the Patterns of Web 2.0

Tim O'Reilly recently held a workshop to discuss the emerging patterns of Web 2.0. The goal of the workshop was to build on his paper What is Web 2.0. Notable attendees included Martin Fowler, Bill Scott from Yahoo, Cal Henderson form Flickr, Gregor Hohpe from Google, and Sandy Jen from Meebo. Gregor summarized the workshop on his blog:

In O'Reilly's paper he notes the transition from Web 1.0 to 2.0.

  • DoubleClick -> AdSense
  • OFoto -> Flickr
  • Britannica Online -> Wikipedia
The attendees each defined what Web 2.0 meant to them. The list of characteristics mentioned included:
    Do one thing well -
    Work across devices -'s cell phone features
    Encourage participation - boring Flickr icons result in customizations
    Make public data public -

The group then compiled a set of values, along the lines of the Agile Manifesto:

  • Simplicity over Completeness
  • Long tail over Mass Audience
  • Share over Protect
  • Advertise over Subscribe
  • Syndication over Stickiness
  • Early Availability over Correctness
  • Select by Crowd over Editor
  • Honest voice over Corporate Speak
  • Participation over Publishing
  • Community over Product
Gregor concluded with some other 'cool stuff' he saw including learning a new acronym from Martin Fowler: "POX = Plain Old XML (as opposed to SOAP + WS-*)"

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