Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Web 2.0 in Use

All four of your IAG bloggers are heading to San Antonio for ALA MW so we'll be blogging--I hope--from there. I still have not read all of Walt Crawford's essay on Library 2.0 and "Library 2.0" so plan on doing that on the plane tomorrow. I have read this short article "Web 2.0: 'a read and write mechanism'" published in Seems to me that some of the hype-y writing about Web 2.0 has settled. The article profiles Michael Arrington, who writes TechCrunch, a blog that covers "so-called Web 2.0 companies that seek to use the Internet in ways that are more interactive than the previous generation of Internet companies. "

Arrington says he started TechCrunch as a way of tracking start-up companies because "[e]veryone was building companies with their heads down, and weren't bothering to locate all of the competition out there." Is Library 2.0 guilty of this too? How is Libraryland keeping track of all the "start-ups"?

And TechCrunch would seem to be an excellent place for Library 2.0ers to stop by and get a smell of what's cooking on the Web 2.0 stove...maybe bright people will get bright ideas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait for Web 2.0 to become more prevelant. I am look forword to 'watching' blogs rather than reading them. Maybe computer manufacturers will catch on and start embedding some cool video and audio recording hw in their next gen machines. For that matter, imagine a library where the majority of info is presented as multimedia. What a wonderful world that would be ...