Web 2.0 -- The New Internet Richter Scale?
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (862)
I do have a friendly mole on the scene, and have also been monitoring the situation here in the On Demand Web control room, between endless conference calls and email exchanges.
The most common words I've heard to describe 2.0 so far (today is the second of three days): Standing Room Only. 1999. Social apps. AJAX. Tag everything. Identity crisis.
I still expect some major announcement bombs to fall, but thus far, the spin has centered around blogging content and distribution deals (AOL's acquisition of WebLogs, Gawker's deal with VNU), as well as more new new things, including personal tagging, linking every Web service under the sun to Google Maps, Rollyo (Roll your own search engine), Zimbra (open-source collaboration server), utter fear on Madison Ave of Internet marketing rationality...Sand Hill Road has also apparently been directly connected via causeway into downtown San Francisco, there are so many VC about.
It's an utterly irrational return to 1999, stupid!
Everybody in the Bay Area just take a deep breath and count to 10...1...2....3....
If Malcolm Gladwell could only rise up to the ceiling of the Argent Hotel and thin slice the new new mania for us. I'll take mine with mayo, hold the hyperbole.