Architecture Astronauts Are Back: Joel Spolsky goes eloquently buckwild on the term “Web 2.0.” Bonus points for the Adam Sandler reference.
The term Web 2.0 particularly bugs me. It’s not a real concept. It has no meaning. It’s a big, vague, nebulous cloud of pure architectural nothingness. When people use the term Web 2.0, I always feel a little bit stupider for the rest of the day. To quote the line from Billy Madison:
Principal: “Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
I too hate that phrase. Maybe because I have no idea what it means. At one time, I thought it specifically referred to Ajax-ified apps, as if “2.0” referred to the “second generation” of Web interfaces or something.
I think Joe knows what it means, but he won’t tell me.