Something struck me while listening to Tim O’Reilly’s keynote speech at the Web 2.0 expo yesterday: glancing at my notes after he walked off stage, I noticed that his current definition for Web 2.0, is a lot like the definition he’s given for Web 3.0. Based on those and past comments on I dug up via a few web searches I am forced to one conclusion: Tim O’Reilly, the man credited with popularizing the term Web 2.0, doesn’t actually believe it exists. For O’Reilly, there is just the web right now. 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 — it’s all the same ever-changing web.
As mentioned in my previous post, definitions are for purists. I guess my statement holds for even the definition of the web. Call it the return to innocence. Welcome back, the web.