Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is discussed in a recent Atlantic Monthly article – “The Web 2.0 Bubble” by Michael Hirschorn. He talks at length about MySpace and Facebook and tends to make the statement that Web 2.0 = social networking. Sure the big guys are trying to grab a piece of the Web 2.0 hype but probably for all the wrong reasons. Networks and links, groups and friends, exist because we are social animals, plain and simple, and when technology allows us to do this easily and without taking public transit then we will avail ourselves of the gift. It is not a bubble just another evolution of what is happening on the web.

The key question is what is it moving into? Where is this taking us this time? There are endless resources now available that take a huge amount of time to just keep up with. Techcrunch for example. This is a great site that keeps volumes of information available to view what is being released. The complexity of what is offerred continues to be amazing. What we thought impossible 10 years ago is a reality. But is seems that everyone is racing to get the magic app on the web. They want to be the next Flickr, Technorati, or del.icio.us. Is this that what the churn is about? To get an app ready for the big sale? Probably, but in the meantime we mere mortals are awash in a techcircus that delivers entertainment and awe to those that remember lesser days.

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Transitcamp

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At the recent Northern Voice 2007 there was a presentation about the Toronto transit-camp and the possibility of one in Vancouver. If there ever was a city that needed something like this it is here. You can’t change the system overnight but there is the possibility of changing little things, bit by bit.

Here is Karen’s post.

There is always the challenge by those at Transit to think this is a challenge to what they do. I think Karen and Will stated at the beginning of their presentation, it was not a complaint session, but an attempt to make what we have better. If that key element is maintained much can be done.

Why do I get enthused about transit? Never used to but something changed. It is a great way to be part of the community. You can hear and see people. You can walk among them. Everyone has the energy to be going somewhere. Plain and simple. A car is like an island moving down a concrete river. No human interaction at all just rubber, gasoline, concrete asphalt and whatever is on your sound system. A vehicle seems devoid of anything.

productimage.jpeg The Discomfort Zone by Johathan Franzen. Great little book that tells stories of the author when he was a child. Reading it is like remembering your childhood. So there were others that felt very uncomfortable about going? Being found out that you were different resulted in Social Death. Good description at the time.