Arrington blogged today about the end of the web 2.0 era. Read his fine piece about An Ignoble But Much Needed End To Web 2.0, Marked By A Party In Cyprus and come back to argue my point of view: Web 2.0 is an adolescent bitch. Sure, last couple of years have been totally crazy and hyped but all that information, data and user generated content pretty much created and consumed by the early adopters along with the Tim O’Reillys, Scobles and Kevin’s Roses of the tubes. For all these people Web 2.0 is so dead by now as is Web 3.0 and Baron Harkonen in the Dune series. As of lately, Web 2.0 it’s been a high maintenance bitch to all these people on all these different social networking service sites, blogging and microblogging platforms etc.
Yes, a bitch but an adolescent one. Currently, only 21.9% of the world’s population or 1,46 billion people are internet users with 59.9% of EU or 293M, 19% of China or 253M, 71.4% of US or 215M. According to The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the total number of US broadband subscribers till December 2007 was 70M or almost 3 times less than all US internet users. No broadband, no Web 2.0 for the YouTube video love or the Flickr photo affection. Simply put, Web 2.0 is PYT for the majority of people out there.
Sure, it’s going to take a while for us to “get to Matrix-style virtual reality, the Singularity, and mobile phones with batteries that last a whole day” but until then Web 2.0 is only the broadband part for a few of us. Watch the video “Web 2.0… The Machine is Us/ing Us” by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Kansas State University.