by Brian Solis

My pal Frank Gruber of SomewhatFrank and I are running a quick online survey to see how you would end this sentence, “Web 2.0 is…”

Yes, we know every classical definition, the history, the arguments for and against it, opinions, and everything in between. Let’s have fun with it. Think of it more from a personal or introspective perspective, exploring the technological significance, cultural implications, or new trends and social patterns that were spawned because of “Web 2.0.”

Help us answer it in one sentence.

Web 2.0 is…

or

Web 2.0…

Thanks everyone!

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About the Author:

Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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Discussion

    no imageAndrew Mager (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:19 pm

    Not as awesome as Web 3.0.

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    no imageBeckyB (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:19 pm

    …fascinating, scary, cool, addictive…

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    no imageDon Lafferty (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:20 pm

    …real, not virtual.

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    no imageJacob Morgan (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:20 pm

    web 2.0 is a way of life

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    no imageJessica Hasson (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:22 pm

    Is soooo last year ;)

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    no imageMichael Sheehan (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:24 pm

    Web 2.0 is…at supernova, imploding soon to birth Web 3.0, the mashed up, piped, socialized, integrated network consisting of only one big web-page only. (grin)

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    no imageDebbie Weil (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:31 pm

    … here to stay. Learn to love it. Call it anything you want.

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    no imageMarcel LeBrun (Who am I?)1 April 2008 2:36 pm

    Web 2.0 is the message.

    Web 2.0 has enabled new mediums that have unique inherent characteristics (2-way conversational, location independent, instant, etc.). McLuhan believed that a communications medium influences society by the inherent characteristics of the medium itself rather than the contents of its message. Hence, the medium itself is the message; the medium itself is the greater influencer of society – more than the messages it is carrying.

    I wrote about this on my Media Philosopher blog in a post called The Social Medium is The Message. I put the post link above (under my name).

    I have not yet read any analysis of the characteristics of web 2.0 enabled communications mediums and their impact on society quite like McLuhan did for the television, radio, and print mediums. Let me know if you have seen this.

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    no imagexavierv (Who am I?)1 April 2008 3:27 pm

    is social and portable

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    no imagesean (Who am I?)1 April 2008 4:31 pm

    Web 2.0 is … the sign of an addiction. The valley is addicted to bubbles.

    The first dotcom bubble wasn’t enough, so now we’re working on 2.0.

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    no imageantonio (Who am I?)1 April 2008 5:20 pm

    the starting point for something monstrous. something the internet has never seen!

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    no imageShannon Nelson (Who am I?)1 April 2008 5:25 pm

    The essence of social interconnectivity.

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    no imagedaniela barbosa (Who am I?)1 April 2008 5:27 pm

    Web 2.0 is a label

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    no imageSteven Mandzik (Who am I?)1 April 2008 5:28 pm

    Web 2.0 is…

    my prayers answered

    a vast improvement over previous ways to find porn

    the awakening of the web to the average users

    media becoming web-centric

    the beginning of the digital age that will change the world to an information economy and free us from the boundaries of industrial costs and open the world to freedom, prosperity, and mad russian hacker mafias.

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    no imageDeirdre (Who am I?)1 April 2008 5:33 pm

    The best way to collaborate and share meaningful information.

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    no imageChris Suspect (Who am I?)1 April 2008 5:34 pm

    Web 2.0 means web sites don’t pay for content anymore.

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    no imageDes Walsh (Who am I?)1 April 2008 5:35 pm

    Web 2.0 means I don’t have to rely on techheads to connect me

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    no imageJohn Lampard (Who am I?)1 April 2008 6:08 pm

    Web 2.0 is a verb and a noun ;)

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    no imagebrian (Who am I?)1 April 2008 6:28 pm

    web2.0 has given everyone a voice -)

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    no imagePatricia (Who am I?)1 April 2008 6:34 pm

    Web 2.0 is…. the era where consumer use of the web expanded, including increased communication and entertainment among users. It’s also when the internet’s infrastructure reached a greater point of convergence, with faster speeds, wider accessibility and greater video capabilities, birthing the early days of IP-based television and device agnostic access/use.

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    no imageHeidi Cool (Who am I?)1 April 2008 9:50 pm

    Web 2.0 is an omni-directional wave of information and conversation.

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    no imageDerrick Kwa (Who am I?)1 April 2008 10:36 pm

    In a word…Web 2.0 is community. It levels the playing field, and breaks down the barriers, allowing people from all backgrounds to connect with each other.

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    no imageMiiko Mentz (Who am I?)1 April 2008 10:54 pm

    Web 2.0 is all about me, you, us, connecting, conversing and moving ideas forward.

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    no imageHayden (Who am I?)2 April 2008 1:26 am

    … a useful label to describe a collection of tools & practices.

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    no imageDave Kinsella (Who am I?)2 April 2008 1:42 am

    Web 2.0 is an arbitrary label which is used with varying degrees of success to encapsulate a number of paradigm shifts in the design, development and deployment of software.

    It’s usage now resides firmly in the realms of marketing and PR as most designers and developers have given up on trying to tie down the term to a specific definition.

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    no imageisraluv (Who am I?)2 April 2008 2:44 am

    web 2.0 is comprised of a community filled with individual ADD/ADHD narcissists

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    no imageisraluv (Who am I?)2 April 2008 2:46 am

    web2.0 is a web community made up of add/adhd individual narcissists

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    no imageStephen_Lynch (Who am I?)2 April 2008 5:10 pm

    Web 2.0 is what they had before Adobe Air, mobile internet devices, ubiquitous GPS, and social network integration for your cell phone/inbox.

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    no imageAlana Taylor (Who am I?)5 April 2008 9:32 pm

    Web 2.0 is to the internet like water is to a hangover. — Alana Taylor

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