Web 2.0: Connecting at a social level

By js, 8 November, 2008, No Comment

Web 2.0 Summit: President Elect Obama Typifies World 2.0

The Internet-empowered fund-raising and social networking of Sen. Obama’s campaign may have helped advance the evolution of Web 2.0 as a concept, panelists suggest.


In an interview in September, University of Southern California professor and blogger Jon Taplin argued, “The way out of the [financial] crisis will be, I think, a very large investment program built by the government, based on leadership in IT [information technology] and ET [energy technology].”The government will have to hurry if it wants to lead. At the Web 2.0 Summit this week, just about every panel discussion has touched on ways to improve information and power.

That’s not just because of the election this week of Barack Obama, whose commitment to promote investments in green technology has heartened entrepreneurs at a time of dwindling credit. It has at least as much to do with the evolution of Web 2.0 as a concept.Web 2.0 used to be about connection at a technical level; now it has more to do with connection at a social level and at a political level. The theme of the conference this year expresses this evolution perfectly: “Web Meets World.”

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