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Posted by zeal on 2005-11-08 12:37 , 9779 characters |  + 0 - 0   English
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之前我把自己日常的feed阅读都已经从bloglines转到了gougou。然而当我要订阅来自Dion Hinchcliffe's的feed的时候,发现自己又要重新考虑一番了。

再好的系统和软件都会有出错的时候 -- 管你再好那也是人造的。GFW的功过是非不说也罢。可是一些正常的不能再正常的网页非要我设一个代理才能正常浏览,让人窝火。想通过gougou来订阅feed,同样的不行。相反,用bloglines来订阅这些内容就一点问题也没有了。从这方面来说,gougou确实有它的致命伤。

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今天看到Blog中文翻译上的一篇译文,感觉翻译的比较别扭,想去看原文而费了点小周折。还是把原文粘贴下来再说:

http://web2.wsj2.com/10_issues_facing_web_20_going_into_2006.htm

Now that industry leaders like Microsoft are not only taking Web 2.0 concepts very seriously, they are apparently intent on banking on them as well, we're certainly living in a slightly different world this week compared to last.

Read Tim O'Reilly's excellent
Live Software blog entry analyzing Microsoft's angle on Web 2.0 if you're not sure. Microsoft is saying all the right things about RSS, Ajax, social networking, Internet as platform, software as a service, etc. They've even apparently taking the release early, release often approach a little too seriously and the only thing that is actually live right now is live.com and microsoftgadgets.com, which are a little thin at the moment.

OK, but now that big industry players are really starting to take this Web 2.0 stuff to heart, we should get a bit introspective and clean house a little. In this vein, I've come up with a list of things I believe are still holding Web 2.0 back, and if left unaddressed, might ultimately place Web 2.0 in the shoebox at the back of our software development closets.

Admittedly, this is my list and is completely subjective
. Feel free to add your own or tell me I'm wrong. In no particular order...

10 Issues Facing Web 2.0 Today



1.
Excessive Hype: Nothing will hurt Web 2.0 more than people loudly proclaiming Web 2.0 is the solution to every problem in software. It's surely not and saying so is a credibility killer. We heard this with object technology, we heard this with components, people said it about dot-com, and too many other silver bullets in the last twenty years. Nobody believes there is a overall panacea to the creation of software. Web 2.0 is merely a powerful way of thinking about the design and construction of effective Web experiences. Bloviating is the term I hear the most from Web 2.0 hype complainers. Let's agree to stop it.2. Lack of Simple Definition: While happy looking meme maps and other visualizations can be terrific learning tools, and bullet lists of concrete ingredients are even better, let's get this one nailed this year if we can. Sure, Web 2.0 is a large topic with lots of interesting moving parts. But get any group of Web 2.0 pundits together and ask them to define Web 2.0 and you'll get wildly different answers. We need to get this one fixed.3. Aging Poster Children: Flickr and del.icio.us are absolutely terrific examples of the new face of Web 2.0. But are they truly setting the world on fire? Will those of us that use them die if they went away (OK, some of us might). But my point is that these guys are getting a little long in the tooth in Web years and while very good, their functionality is nowhere near as central to our lives as say Google, which is already 7 years old. Tons of new Web 2.0 startups are being released every day, I can't even keep track of the social bookmarking sites alone (I came across three new ones yesterday, seriously). And some of the better Web 2.0 apps that are coming out are for laughably obscure vertical markets. If this stuff is truly happening, let's hope we can point to things better than Microsoft Office Live. My vote: 37signals seems to have some of the genuine goods, but with only 100,000 users, let's hope we're at the very, very beginning of the Web 2.0 adoption curve and not in the middle.

4. Needing A Permaconnection: While some of us have laptops with built-in wireless broadband (heck, I'm writing this on a terrific Sony laptop that has it), that would put me in 0.0001% of the Web population I'm guessing. That doesn't sound like the recipe to a revolution to me. Web 2.0 applications, even native ones like iTunes and BitTorrent require fast, stable connections for them to work. Unless pervasiveness really steps up (and this maybe is why Google is exploring giving away WiFi), Web 2.0 will be what Microsoft is positioning it as now: an extension of how we do work, not where we really do it.

5. Ajax as the Official Web 2.0 Experience: Ajax is getting serious hype at the moment too but quite frankly, people are going to expect so much from it that it will get ugly. Ajax has some important limitations that most people are just learning to appreciate now. Don't get me wrong, I love Ajax as a solution to the right problems. But trying to use it for a hammer in every situation will cause everyone a lot of difficulty. Local data storage and synchronization should be properly solved, the security sandbox issue to multiple Web sites needs to be addressed, and things like the <canvas> tag being sorted out. This should be done at the level of the browser. Flash might also be a partial answer to certain solutions, and Yahoo! apparently agrees. But I do think we need to focus on solving these problems by tweaking the Web browser model and not hacking things to improve Ajax.

6. Excessive Attention O
n The Technology: Darn it, us technologists always focus way too much on the underlying technologies of things. Whether that's with Web 2.0, RSS, Web services, Ajax, DHTML, SOA or whatever. People trying to get value from technology want it to solve their problems, they don't care how it's done underneath (for example read this great article from Jason Bell about building software for his own business and learning that technology was the least important part.) One of the things I like most about Web 2.0 is that it puts people into the center of the vision. This is exactly what we technologists need to be told, bluntly. Technology is the outlier in Web 2.0, the magic behind the curtain (but behind the curtain darn it) and I think it's really hard for some of us to hear. Communication, collaboration, collective intelligence, and social interaction between people is what Web 2.0 is about so much more than the technology pieces. If we forget that, we'll lose Web 2.0 to the application marketectures and technology stacks that most folks in the real world have never cared about in the first place.

7.
Really Bad Adherents. I'm not going to point fingers here but like every other succesful idea before it, everyone wants to co-opt it. I've run across so many Web sites that claim to be Web 2.0 yet barely have any of its ingredients. I'm pretty sure actually touting yourself as Web 2.0 is not the way to go. Look at what Microsoft did, they needed to have an umbrella for their version of the Web 2.0 toolkit and they created Live Software as a result. (Sure, they needed something to trademark too). Anyway, don't call yourself Web 2.0, just do it.

8.
Blogging Instead of Doing. This brings us to the walking the walk bit. While talking about something is great fun, and pundits just love to issue opinions, there has been way too much discussion about Web 2.0 and not enough action. If you don't like Web 2.0 fine, but show us something better. We're all tired of reading about people who like Web 2.0 or hate it without adding much to the discussion. Especially if you are on the negative side, show us something better or get off the ledge. The world needs constructive debate, not anti-hype. BTW:
I think I'm not as guilty of this as I might look. I have some exciting things coming with Web 2.0 ingredients which I'll share with you in the near future.

9.
Not Facing Hard Truths. Like I discussed recently, there are some aspects of the Web 2.0 business models that aren't so positive. The obvious success of non-shared, private algorithms is one of these. The push for near-monopolistic user counts to be truly successful is another. Web 2.0 pushes businesses to think BIG and to make a grab for mindshare quickly. Reaching a tipping point where you can achieve economies of scale and enough collective intelligence to be valuable appears to some people to require near market dominance. There will be other problematic issues that crop up. Staying truly open and sharing your functionality with others might get really hard in the future. Let's work on ways to make it all stay on the right course.

10.
Adopting The Lightweight Creation Model. Both Microsoft's entry into the space (Fred Wilson's comments)and Google's recent releases have been pretty underwhelming. The fact is that these are both large, centrally controlled organizations trying to deliver nimble, lightweight software in frequent releases. This ponderous, older style of organization is one that will have trouble delivering good Web 2.0 software. Doing the release to production every 30 minutes like Flickr is isn't something that Microsoft as an organization has as a core competency (I'm excepting MSN here, but that isn't their main software organization). Yes, they do daily builds of their software internally but it often takes them 2-3 years to get something out the door. Other large traditional companies trying to do Web 2.0 will have stillborn attempts at it as well. Like the agile methods are making some smaller companies deliver better software, the big guys need to reinvent their development shops and that's a hundred times easier to say than to do. In my opinion, expect a new generation of companies to build Web 2.0.

That's it. If we can address these, 2006 will be a banner year for Web 2.0. I don't expect them all to be worked out, but it's all about continuous improvement in the end.

What do you think the biggest issues with Web 2.0 are?

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posted Thursday, 3 November 2005

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