Another amazing essay for David Pollard about web 2.0
We've come a long way. Web 1.0, no small miracle itself, was largely about getting access to, and mobilizing, information on a scale unprecedented in history. Web 2.0 has been about what Tim O'Reilly calls creating "an architecture of participation", changing the role of 'user' from searcher and reader to sharer and collaborator. The term 'social networking' describes the core of this, but what's going on (today) at its edges -- peer production, open source, activism -- goes well beyond just connecting, towards doing things together, things that make a difference.