Are You Elite Enough?
A current Lifehacker poll asks if (or implies, if you will) “Web 2.0” only benefits the uber-connected elite tech heavy hitters that use twitter 100+ times daily, program new apps and FB apps, vie for VC funding and actually NEED FriendFeed because they sign up for every online network known to man. While you go take a peek and take the survey inserting your own opinion, I’ll share with you the current poll results:
Do Web 2.0 solutions solve problems only the tech elite have?
Yes! Regular people choose a social network and stick to it, geeks join every one and then need FriendFeed.
31.8% (448 votes)
Nope. Classically techies are the canaries in the coalmine that everyone’s heading into eventually. Geeks were the first ones to get spam, too!
20.9% (294 votes)
Sometimes. My mother may never need FriendFeed, but a few years in, she’s digging Gmail.
35.8% (504 votes)
11.5% (162 votes)
1408 total votes. results as of 04/29/2008 08:49:44 pm.
I’m and end user
My personal opinion is probably different than Alexander’s because I’m not a tech creator. As Andy Kaufman and Benn Rosales can attest to because the three of us regularly attend tech events in our cities, we are often the odd men out at these events, the golden child guests, the people everyone wants to question. The tech industry is always surprised to have non-tech-creators (or “end users” as we’re called) around and I would posit that because AgentGenius.com readers are end users like me, we are surprisingly Web2.0 savvy and we are among the non-techs who are NOT surprised at the possibility that Web2.0 is extremely adaptable.
What is Web2.0 Really?
What is Web2.0? The definition ranges from the historical Wikipedia to the basement bob blogger’s idea. Web2.0 is not just the abuse of Twitter- I would argue it’s a style. Have you not watched the new Applebee’s commercials with the glossy, reflective new logo and words thrown in like “awesome” or “sweeet” and said “omg, that’s so Web2.0!?” Have you not read listing copy that was lame but thought “omg, that is a decent try to be Web2.0?” It’s not just a programming code that is Web2.0 or a new application but has become an advertising style. Therefore, I would argue that Web2.0 is mainstream and has nothing to do with elite (unless I’m elite because I blog and Twitter which is arguable).
What is Web2.0 to you? Is it only useful for the super elite in the tech world?