If Web 2.0 marks the transition from using the internet as a protocol to using it as a platform, what is 2.1?
One interesting comment I heard at the Web2Point1 conference was 2.0 was the development of the technological solution, and 2.1 was the development of the documentation and educational tools empowering individuals andorgs alike to use it.
2.0/2.1 seems to be about how you can leverage the net as a platform to enrich and enhance ‘real-time’ (for lack of a better word):
Services such as meetro.com are leveraging the web as a platform to bring individuals who are close in location (blocks away from each other, visit the same bar regularly, etc..) together – organizing people looking to get out in real time and meet with people.
Catalyzing events, gatherings, community, organizing to happen in the offline world seems to be a big goal of this transition...keeping the greater perspective of where the web fits into most people’s daily lives.
Syndicate and Aggregate! Folksonomy being the new way to thread your communications throughout the web.
Of course, this is really nothing new, but who owns what data and where it resides certainly is! Web 2.0/2.1 is a much more decentralized data model, and the open source impact on content (Creative Commons) is significant.
The ‘unconference’ factor of Web2Point1: brought together an interesting cross section of activists, entrepeneurs, venture capitalists, developers, bloggers, geeks, etc.. There was a lot of learning and info gathering going on...I would say it was a little too heavy on tech jargon for a general audience. Also, not much of an awareness that there is indeed a great need to address the digital divide here in the US and abroad. Much of the conversations were based upon an assumption that hardware and bandwidth was cheap and available to *everyone*. There was very little in 2.0/2.1 targeted at the first-time web user, web user that doesn’t have a computer at home, etc.. which IMHO leaves out an important segment of the population, and Techsoup’s constituancy.