Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005

20 12 2005

Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005

Posted by Richard MacManus @ 10:44 am

It’s been a huge year for the Web! A time of renewed optimism
in Silicon Valley and an incredible number of new web applications. In
a sense it all started with Google’s IPO in August 2004, the success of
which was a positive and affirming lead-in to 2005. We then witnessed a
renaissance of startup activity, acquisitions and intense VC interest
in the Web throughout the year. Here then is my list of the top ten
defining moments for the Web in 2005.

10. Bloglines acquired by Ask Jeeves
in February. The Bloglines deal signaled that multi-million dollar
Internet acquisitions were back! It was the second time Bloglines
developer Mark Fletcher had hit the payload, having sold ONElist to
Yahoo! in the dotcom boom. A close runner-up was blog network weblogsinc being sold to AOL, which perhaps proved there is real value in blog content. 

9. The return of Amazon – Mechanical Turk and Alexa web services. Towards the end of the year, Amazon.com threw a couple of curve balls – showing they haven’t lost their innovative touch.

8. In late June, Microsoft embraced and extended RSS.
They promised "deep platform support for RSS" with integration into the
next version of the Windows OS – at the time named Longhorn but later
renamed Vista. In November, Microsoft followed up by announced an extension to RSS called Simple Sharing Extensions, or SSE.

7. Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications – Jesse James Garrett’s influential essay
which coined the term AJAX (shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript +
XML). The technology itself has been around for years, but the term
AJAX was only introduced this year and has quickly become a defining
part of the new Web.

6. In September, the new-look Memeorandum launched. Gabe Rivera’s advanced news clustering service was a revelation to the tech and political blogosphere and is a sign of things to come in the media world. The rise of digg.com is also worth a mention – this user-generated community site now rivals Slashdot in audience and influence amongst IT people.

5. In November, Google Base was released.
It’s a centralized database for various types of content – like events,
classified, reviews. A lot of people wondered whether it’s a craigslist
or eBay killer. Whether it turns out to be or not, there’s no doubt the
potential is there for Google to turn it into a hugely valuable
directory of structured content. 

4. Yahoo! acquired Flickr in March and del.icio.us
in December. Yahoo! has evolved into a powerful media company and in
2005 they’ve released a lot of outstanding products. But if anything
sums up their year, it’s the acquisitions of two of the darlings of Web
2.0 – Flickr and del.icio.us. Yahoo! also bought Konfabulator in July.

3. eBay bought Skype
in September. Mainly notable because of the price tag – somewhere
between $2.6 – 4.1 billion (yes, billion!). It showed that eBay is
serious about competing with the big platform players. Also it showed
eBay’s commitment to building out its communications platform and
improving its global presence.

2. Microsoft announced The Live Era.
It’s been a big year for Microsoft. They recognized the threat to their
business model that web-based applications and services pose, so in
November they announced a suite of ‘software as a service’ products to
counter it. This was followed by the release of so-called leaked documents
by Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie, which confirmed Microsoft’s potentially
radical change in strategic direction. They still need to prove they
will implement their Web 2.0 visions, but surely the Web-based Office will be good motivation!

1. Web 2.0 Conference.
It was difficult to pick any one item that was the highlight of the
year, so I gave the number one spot to an event that captured the
innovation, enthusiasm and even the cynicism that surrounded the Web
2.0 meme this year. Was it the most important Web 2.0 moment of the
year? Some might quibble with that, but the sold out October event was
a nexus of Web 2.0 energy and jam packed with people. It showed that
the Web is generating excitement and activity again, across both the
development and business worlds.

Update: I’ll add other worthy Web moments of 2005 to this post, as people suggest them. Already folks have pointed out iTunes support of podcasting and the release of Google Maps mashup, HousingMaps

Update 2: From January, this was very important: Tsunami survivors turn to blogs for news, help

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20 12 2005
Sterding

从过去知道的Blog,到后来的RSS,到iPod,到Palm,再到昨天知道的SNS,Postcast,到今天才知道的Web2.0,有一个强烈的感受就是:觉得自己老了! 在现今阶段,可以说IT世界的潮流代表着这个星球上最潮流的东西。然后2005年一年四处颠簸,自己对于这个世界所发生的变化知道得太少了。今天因为搜索Linux,看到一些新闻和博客,也由此看到了今天的IT世界在赚钱的东西,而那些正是两三年前的年轻人在玩的一些东西,就像那时候我认识的Windix,还有Yingbo。(不知道这些人现在去哪里了?)今天看到一篇文章,讲“互联网和创新”的,“计算机天才们在满足了他们并不过分的物质需求后,会在这种精神(理想主义)的号召下推动着信息技术的前进。如果没有这种精神的驱动,如果只有商业价值一条衡量指标,很多创新可能都不会发生。”,就像当年的Bill Gates,就像文中所说的那个发明可以将声音定向传播的扬声器的Pompei博士,他现在已经是一家企业的董事长。从技术走向管理似乎是很多人的梦想,当然也包括我!但是,抱着技术放眼管理似乎并不可行,若干案例证明技术的成功需要一种精神,一种傻傻的痴好,“无心插柳柳成荫”,“柳暗花明又一村”的感觉。专门想着发Science也许发不出来!“虽然像红帽这样的Linux领导厂商就其规模来看在IT产业也只能算上一只蚂蚁,但是谁又能否认他们对未来信息产业带来的大象一样的震撼力量呢?”祝福那些在兴趣的道路上自得其乐的人们!

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