JoHo points me to this article, touting the death of web 2.0 next October. And truth be told, it’s hard to take the date seriously (more in a moment), it’s really a measure of the mentions of the phrase “web 2.0.” And while that may be true, I think we’re here to stay, at least for a while longer.
Although, just to add, it’s hard to take the article seriously, since it seems to seriously consider Orkut a big-time social network.
Anyway, I tend to agree with JoHo on this, just because this period of the Internet is more focused on user-driven and user-created content, does not mean we’re going to leave that. The Internet is a conversation, and this period is a time when those previously consuming are now engaged, for good or for ill, and actively participating in the conversation.
Will the conversation ebb back to the other side? We’ll have to wait and see, although I’m thinking we’re going to see a mix, and something new, in the future. I do like how the ending of the article was phrased:
The big question, of course, is what will Web 3.0 be like? And the answer, I suppose, is that if we knew that then we wouldn’t be here.