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Web 2.0 and gardening

The concept of a second generation Internet being very different from the first has been around for a while. We have become accustomed to this new Web that links people and that isn’t just focused on helping people find information – but do we really know what Web 2.0 is?

… so what is Web 2.0? Can anyone please tell me, because frankly it never seemed to be a clearly defined term either! Everyone I ask defines it differently. In fact, I remember when the term first came out and there were all these blog surveys asking “what does Web 2.0 mean to you?” etc. That’s because nobody really knew. It’s a term that has taken on meaning over time, but there was a lot of resistance to it, and confusion about it, at first.

According to the Wikipedia, Web 2.0 is defined as: “Web 2.0, a phrase coined by O’Reilly Media in 2004, refers to a supposed second generation of Internet-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users.”

Source: Minding the Planet blog, Web 3.0 versus Web 2.0, 13 November 2006

Tim O’Reilly provides some examples of the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 here …

Web 1.0 Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent
mp3.com –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> upcoming.org and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
stickiness –> syndication

Now look at this comparison by Stuart Robinson from his Gardening Tips ‘n’ Ideas blog

Gardening 1.0 Gardening 2.0
Share your garden with your neighbour –> Share your garden with the world
Plant Boosters –> Soil Improvers
El Nino –> Global Warming
Grow cuttings for neighbours and friends –> Plant by numbers
Local Nurseries –> Home Depot
Seed catalogues –> Amazon.com
Growing plants in the ground –> Growing plants upside down
Mow the lawn on Saturday morning –> Jim’s Mowing

I love the way Stuart has related what seems to many like computing speak into an everyday activity that so many people engage in. How many of us would have automatically thought of the link between gardening and Web 2.0? The Internet is having an impact in so many activities we participate in daily. When we want to know something we head straight for the computer. When we want to find someone to talk to about something we now also tend to head for the computer.

Now, there is talk of Web 3.0!

…we might define Web 3.0 as “Web 3.0, a phrase coined by John Markoff of the New York Times in 2006, refers to a supposed third generation of Internet-based services — such as those using semantic web, microformats, natural language search, data-mining, machine learning, recommendation agents, and artificial intelligence technologies — that emphasize machine-facilitated understanding of information in order to provide a more productive and intuitive user experience.”

Source: Minding the Planet blog, Web 3.0 versus Web 2.0, 13 November 2006

By the way if you want to read the New York Times article referred to here you have to pay!

Roll on Gardening 3.0! We’re poised and ready to see what Web 3.0 have to offer the home gardener.

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