Monday, November 21, 2005

AJAX, democracy and users

Paul Graham's latest essay is on the Web 2.0 meme, and despite a rocky start...
Does "Web 2.0" mean anything? Till recently I thought it didn't, but the truth turns out to be more complicated. Originally, yes, it was meaningless. Now it seems to have acquired a meaning. And yet those who dislike the term are probably right, because if it means what I think it does, we don't need it. -- Paul Graham
...in the end Paul decides that Web 2.0 is all about; Ajax, democracy, and not maltreating users. But what do these things have in common?
I didn't realize they had anything in common till recently, which is one of the reasons I disliked the term "Web 2.0" so much... Web 2.0 means using the web the way it's meant to be used. The "trends" we're seeing now are simply the inherent nature of the web emerging from under the broken models that got imposed on it during the Bubble. -- Paul Graham
Which makes sense. The top down model, imposed almost overnight onto the web by the dot-com boom was an antithesis to anything that had gone before, and I've complained before about the evilness of this...

However Richard MacManus responds arguing that this is the point rest of us have been making for while, which you have to admit is a fair point, although it's good to see someone with Paul's profile getting on the band wagon with us little guys...

Following up a different thread, Ajaxian.com picks on the Paul's arguements about rapid devlepment,
...the new generation of software is being written way too fast for Microsoft even to channel it, let alone write their own in house. Their only hope now is to buy all the best Ajax startups before Google does. -- Paul Graham
and this is something that I definitely can sympathise with, it's doubful that Microsoft can control the emerging Web 2.0 phenomenon due to the rapid pace of development. It's almost sad seeing them trying, because they just don't seem to get it...