Anne 2.0 said some nice things about me the other day, so I thought I’d give her some props, too. She’s definitely one of the more refreshing reads on the web right now, so you should check out what she’s got to say.
Anyway, TechCrunch (“Tracking Web 2.0”) provides a critique of a new Ajax homepage. Richard McManus has a piece about Microsoft’s Live.com. James Governor has a particularly insightful piece about how Web 2.0-type services could lead to all new legal battles (“Litigation 2.0?”). Assuming the old joke about MS applies and that we don’t get it right until version 3.0, what’s Web 3.0 going to offer? Is it Ajax-like interfaces on your phone or truly desktop-like experiences on the Web? No offense meant to those folks who are making that happen more and more today. But let’s face it, what does Web 2.0 offer yet. Web 2.0 still lacks its killer app. There are some folks (del.icio.us, Flickr, Google, etc.) who have moved the needle. There are bunches more of us out here whispering into the din. Clearly, one advantage of Web 2.0 is it gives an increasing number of us “quiet voices” the opportunity to attract a handful of listeners via aggregation and distribution. We all know spreadsheets provided the killer app for computers themselves and email provided the killer app for the Internet. Will 2.0 ever get its killer app, or will the killer app be the start of Web 3.0?