Wednesday, February 21, 2007

London 2.0

Just when I thought as a blogger I was riding the crest of the Internet's future (c'mon, it's hump day and I need a motivational boost), comes along news from Wired magazine that London is hot again. Tech hot, that is. Not global warming hot. Climate chat was so January. No, now it's nearly March and London is unashamedly burning it up on the global stage as a new media giant. And they are calling the revolution 2.0. Or in less geek, more jock terms: London 2 Point 0.

And with the Future of Web Apps conference going on this week (FOWA) at the Kensington Conference Centre, there is no time like the present to practice saying "London 2.0" and make like you know what user-generated content is. Or, if you are really keen you can watch this brilliant screen tutorial. If only all blagging (and blogging) were this easy.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Frank N Stein said...

Inspirational video. The whole way through. Wow! Most impressed CS

7:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absoulutely fantastic

So insightful.

7:13 pm  
Anonymous hb13 said...

Learned so much in a couple of minutes.
Whoever mastered this vid id genius

7:19 pm  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

Imitation is not innovation.

Web 2.0 is CRAP!

7:21 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

With the recent Time "person of the year award", I got to thinking a lot of how life has changed in the past year with the rising of Web 2.0. It's funny how I cannot imagine how things would be if I didn't have Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Gmail, and even Hi5 and some others. But what I really feel has had an impact for me, is how easy it is to use those services thank to the different technologies (or uses of them) that relate to Web 2.0.

So I can see what all the hype is for!

7:26 pm  
Anonymous Dan Farming said...

Love this video and I am a technophobe. I wish they had done these types of instruction cheaters years ago.

Web 2.0 rocks

7:34 pm  
Anonymous HeartyBowl said...

This short clip really does an effective job of not only telling us that the web has gotten much easier to use and that writing and editing now merely mean the click of just one more button, but it also did an excellent job of illustrating that at the same time. I generally hate having to read subtitles in movies/etc., but here I didn’t mind that the movie was essentially nothing more than a whole lot of reading, because that it helped illustrate the entire point of the film. It truly has become much easier for anyone to use the web, and that ease comes with both pros and cons

7:39 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

The web does seems to be slowly “deleting” all human interaction. I simply feel pathetically disgusted when I am hanging out with friends in my flat and everyone is simply not talking with their laptops out, instant messaging each other despite being able to just open their mouths and speak to each other. It is for this lack of actual human interaction that I refuse to get instant messaging and I even despise talking on the phone. With the phone you lose all facial expressions and and online with everything abbreviated such as “lol” and stupid shit like that you lose even more from the conversation. Real human contact is necessary, but I feel like I am slowly seeing it fade away in favor of instant messaging and mobile phone conversations

7:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graet video design how did they do that?

7:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

honkman you are such a miserable old toad!

7:48 pm  
Anonymous Beth said...

Great video

How clever is that?!

7:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a professional graphic artist, I am still puzzled by how these trends start and how they accepted as the new standard.

7:49 am  
Anonymous sm hill said...

"So you are saying people who design web 2.0 sites are not designers?"

I agree, much of the visual appearance of the web today is because real designers are being used. Whether or not you like the current trend of look, it is a vast improvement over what came before.

And as any traditional designer will tell you, trends have existed forever (look at art history). Choices are made to get a certain result (look up the word design). You don't design a site to be 100% original (impossible), you design it evoke a certain result. Familiarity, comfort, easy of use, etc...

7:50 am  
Anonymous Topher said...

Geesus, a bunch of people figured out how to use Photoshop, PNGs and CSS properly, and its called a Web 2.0 revolution. "Look at me, I know how to put a drop shadow on an icon, or I use rounded corners using only CSS, I am a Web 2.0 website!".

7:51 am  
Anonymous dunknin said...

As much as I dislike the hype behind web 2.0 and AJAX they are useful terms. They wrap up a bunch of technologies into a simple phrase. But yes, too much BS.

Web 2.0 isn't just about design though. It's also about user generated content, a sense of community and an openness of information. I'm sick of the whole rounded corners, gradients == web 2.0 bollocks

7:59 am  
Anonymous Tobes said...

Really insightful vid. The way I see it is that 2.0 makes the creation of well-designed, great looking and functionally superior web sites more accessible to the non-technical - without shelling out heaps of cash! Lots of opportunity...

1:04 pm  
Anonymous Naz said...

Thanks Tobes. At least a balanced opinion.I am a small business owner and have the web to thank for promoting my busienss in ways itw ould not have ever feasible without Web 2.0.

Go London 2.0!

1:06 pm  
Blogger Habibi said...

I have some posts in my draft box but, wow, had never seen something that matches so well one of my thoughts. Thanks.

1:59 pm  
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2:07 pm  
Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Brilliant. I actually learned something! (Except that last post clearly was machine generated)

4:47 pm  
Anonymous Mikey said...

Great blog City Slicker

Will definitely check back. I do love London Town :-)

5:24 pm  
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