The famous Web 2.0 Summit wrapped up late last week with lots and lots of product announcements and more news stories than I could ever hope to digest. (Not helped by the fact that I have been sick for about 4 days now.)
Anyway here are a few summary items:
- If teens are confused by Twitter but love Facebook what does that tell us? Could it be the nature of the communication, to quote the NY Times:
“Many people use it for professional purposes — keeping connected with industry contacts and following news,” said Evan Williams, Twitter’s co-founder and chief executive. “Because it’s a one-to-many network and most of the content is public, it works for this better than a social network that’s optimized for friend communication.”
- The iPhone is heading towards being the most successful gadget ever.
- Tim Berners-Lee tells us the biggest threat to keeping the Web open is large companies or governments. Also he is not sold on cloud computing.
- Both Google and Microsoft have got into the real time search game, by indexing Twitter with Microsoft including Facebook updates.
- But could Google’s social search be the killer search app?
With both Read Write Web and ZD Net providing some good coverage. Basically Web Squared is about the intersection of social web technologies with the emerging trend of real world objects connected to the Internet in some fashion, aka Internet of Things and with “Shadow Information“.
To quote Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle:
Collective intelligence applications are no longer being driven solely by humans typing on keyboards but, increasingly, by sensors. Our phones and cameras are being turned into eyes and ears for applications; motion and location sensors tell where we are, what we’re looking at, and how fast we’re moving. Data is being collected, presented, and acted upon in real time. The scale of participation has increased by orders of magnitude.
So to pull this rambling post to an end I ask this simple question.
Given corporations missed Web 2.0, will they miss Web Squared (or what ever it is called)?
I suspect there will be more on this topic.