Web 2.0: Rainforest edition

Web 2.0: Rainforest edition

Summary: Steven Johnson adds his version to the Web 2.0 definition bucket in this excerpt from his column in Discovery magazine column:  "The difference between this Web 2.

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Steven Johnson adds his version to the Web 2.0 definition bucket in this excerpt from his column in Discovery magazine column:  

rainforest.jpg"The difference between this Web 2.0 model and the previous one is directly equivalent to the difference between a rain forest and a desert. One of the primary reasons we value tropical rain forests is because they waste so little of the energy supplied by the sun while running massive nutrient cycles. Most of the solar energy that saturates desert environments gets lost, assimilated by the few plants that can survive in such a hostile climate. Those plants pass on enough energy to sustain a limited number of insects, which in turn supply food for the occasional reptile or bird, all of which ultimately feed the bacteria. But most of the energy is lost. A rain forest, on the other hand, is such an efficient system for using energy because there are so many organisms exploiting every tiny niche of the nutrient cycle. We value the diversity of the ecosystem not just as a quaint case of biological multiculturalism but because the system itself does a brilliant job of capturing the energy that flows through it. Efficiency is one of the reasons that clearing rain forests is shortsighted: The nutrient cycles in rain forest ecosystems are so tight that the soil is usually very poor for farming. All the available energy has been captured on the way down to the earth. Think of information as the energy of the Web’s ecosystem. Those Web 1.0 pages with their crude hyperlinks are like the sun’s rays falling on a desert. A few stragglers are lucky enough to stumble across them, and thus some of that information might get reused if one then decides to e-mail the URL to a friend or to quote from it on another page. But most of the information goes to waste. In the Web 2.0 model, we have thousands of services scrutinizing each new piece of information online, grabbing interesting bits, remixing them in new ways, and passing them along to other services. Each new addition to the mix can be exploited in countless new ways, both by human bloggers and by the software programs that track changes in the overall state of the Web. Information in this new model is analyzed, repackaged, digested, and passed on down to the next link in the chain. It flows."

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Topic: Enterprise 2.0

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  • AJAX 2.0

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AJAX_2-0/
    LogicallyGenius
  • Raining on your parade

    [In the Web 2.0 model, we have thousands of services scrutinizing each new piece of information online, grabbing interesting bits, remixing them in new ways, and passing ...]

    These "services" today are scrutinizing STATIC web content (i.e. Web 1.0). Once Web 2.0 is mainstream, there will be NO static web content - and those thousands (now millions) of web services will be trying to interract to find the content that is now hidden by a layer of abstration. Loose standards, lies and tollbooths will rule the day as HUMANS figure out how to restrict data or sell to the highest bidder. The ONLY thing that Web 2.0 will do is KILL the FREE data.
    Roger Ramjet
  • pie in the sky by and by!

    I have been hearing about this and the flying car for 10 years now!
    also the Lizardman, chupacarda, alien abductions, better microsoft programing, crop circles, bigfoot, alien autopsy, elvis sightings, longhorn, Michael landon appearances, stockpiled WMD's, windows security, Kenedy assination plots, .......
    Stop being suckers people!
    An_Axe_to_Grind