Update 12.28.09: I just had to record for posterity the flames from some folks who tagged my previous post in Reddit. (So much for polite, constructive discourse.) In truth, I would like to have this conversation with some of these folks. Even the harshest ones. But I don't want to have to register for a service I don't use and I don't want to get into flame wars over comment threads. I get the frustration. I've experienced it. I too have been and remain rather skeptical of the hype. Some level of hype gets things noticed and forces conversations that need to happen but aren't. Some of what I said was written and/or read poorly. For example, Mac/Office is about culture, not interoperability. I know that Google came before Web 2.0. That was expressed poorly. My company also was doing a lot of this stuff before we ever heard of Web 2.0. I can't speak for Tim O'Reilly, but I feel confident he realizes he didn't invent something. He made salient observations about the Internet and human behavior and how the two have, do, and perhaps ought to work together. Many of these concepts go back decades to the roots of computer science and the Internet. I've been in workshops with Senior Technical Fellows, having extremely well-qualified CVs, who said, "we proposed all this in the beginning." My response was, "Exactly. Isn't it past time we got back to that?"
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