I am confused.
I understand that the characteristics of a Web 2.0 company are social networking components paired with user-generated content, and that's all great and everything, but why can't there be some standardization up in this mofo?
Haven't we learned anything from our friends at the ISO?
Why do I have to waste valuable brain processing time trying to figure out the difference between a wall, a note, and a journal. Is the word "post" too obscure? What is wrong with the word post? Is it not descriptive enough in and of itself? Is that why we need to be told that we're "composing" a post? Why can't you all just call it a post already!
I spend most of my day in a heightened state of
panic trying to keep track of early and late pick-ups and thinking I am
going to forget to pick up one of my children from school. I don't have
room in my brain to decipher Web 2.0 double-speak.
And don't even get me started on how counter-intuitive flickr is to use. Why do I always select 14 different links just to try and batch edit my photos? Am I that lame? Maybe. If I could remember the difference between a collection and a set (aren't they the same frickin' thing?) then maybe I'd love you more, flickr.
Finally, no I do not want to invite all my friends to participate in your site. Please don't do sneaky things Iike trying to get at my email contacts when I'm not looking. As if I didn't have enough to apologize to my friends for (starting with not returning phone calls) now I have to apologize for spamming their inboxes? If your site isn't awesome enough that people want to sign up for it in droves that's not my problem. Stop using me to get at my friends, Web 2.0! I'm not your girlfriend!
I sure hope Web 3.0 gets it right.
Love and other indoor sports,