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The Web 2.0 Backlash Cometh

As I mentioned last week, there’s a lot of buzz about Flock, the new social browser built on top of Firefox. There’s been a few anti-Web 2.0 articles, but here’s some serious anti-buzz: Flock Sucks, the weblog. It begins with “Flock’s website doesn’t even tell you what Flock is. How web 2.0”. What follows are 80 posts with a clear-eyed hate on for Flock. The blogger here clearly has some technical aptitude, and is clued into the space. It’ll be interesting to watch how long they last before they wear themselves out.

Andy, a Flock developer, replies:

I guess I should make some sweeping controversial statement. Hmm. Web 2.0 is a cynical attempt to drive ad revenue to websites and is just a response to popup-blocking in browsers (Thanks Ian, you master of sweeping controversial statements, you); Web 2.0 is so yesterday, the new hot thing is Flock 0.5.

Then we’ve got Xeni Jardin’s article in Wired–Web 2.0 Cracks Start to Show. It features the usual discussion of Wikipedia’s editing model, and so forth.

Lastly, this has nothing to do with the backlash, it’s just worth mentioning. EirePreneur points to Tablane, apparently a new Flockesque browser built in County Mayo, Ireland. They’re apparently going to release the first alpha, or some more information, in about 20 minutes.

4 Responses to “The Web 2.0 Backlash Cometh”

  1. Kyle

    Best description of Web 2.0 ever:

    I know exactly what web 2.0 is:

    * pretentious
    * oversized fonts
    * pastel colors
    * buzzwords
    * featureless “user experiences”
    * overly friendly and self-important copy
    * acronyms

    Basically it’s 1998 with less money and more metrosexuals.

    (Thanks to George for pointing it out!)

  2. Julian Ellison

    Thanks for noticing our quiet arrival on the scene. I am not sure whether the Flock association is entirely helpful for our Tablane browser. We’re trying to do something a little different, and our approach to doing it is also rather different too. We’re looking at how the browser can play more of a role in the search, collect and share space. Is this ‘strictly’ Web 2.0? Ah, who cares, if it gets us eye-balls at an early stage, that can’t be bad!

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