Phil Sim

Web, media, PR and… footy

Web 2.0 is the Active Web

Among the criticisms of the criticism of Web 2.0, some postulators have made the point that there is enough cool stuff happening on the web right now that it deserves a phrase to distinguish the current iteration of web applications from those that came before it.

So, I thought I’d throw my own bowl of egg noodles into the air and see how it lands.

What about the Active Web? For me, prior generation web applications were mostly passive based on publishing paradigms. New generation applications are almost without exception “active”. They require user-interaction and participation. We’re talking social networking, blogging, community-oriented apps like flickr, etc.

The web applications themselves are also far more active, with AJAX allowing the application to respond like an desktop application rather than just prompting a page load.

And, of course, it’s a subtle nod to the fact that AJAX was once called Active X in another lifetime. Waddayareckon?


Filed under: Web 2.0

5 Responses

  1. Ken Yarmosh says:

    Phil…glad you’ve joined the blogosphere. Been enjoying some of your very interesting thoughts.

    In regards to “Active Web”, it’s not a bad idea. Definitely descriptive. My take is that for better or for worse, Web 2.0 is here to stay. Obviously, a Web 3.0 would be silly, so keep your pad, pen, and bowl of egg noodles close at hand.

  2. Phil Sim says:

    So you mean I just have to wait until the bubble explodes all over again, then sit around for another five years until a couple of web companies start to make money again, then I can be the next Dale Dougherty? COOOL

    That’s one spunky-looking blog, you’ve got going on there Ken..

  3. Ken Yarmosh says:

    Well, I didn’t want to spell it out…but yes on the five years…and yes on the money…hope you stock up on egg noodles 😉

  4. Phil Sim says:

    Somehow I think Ill have eaten all the egg noodles by then…

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