You are reading correct … I didn’t make a mistake and it is not a typo. I know with English being my second language I might slip one or two mistakes but a statement as bold as this one Is Not a Mistake, let me repeat it:

Web 2.0 Is a Power Of ONE!

I know that Web 2.0 is often perceived as something that created and developed by a community of people and while it is true to some extent I’m going to explain my view and Why I think that ONLY ONE individual has the power in Web 2.0 – YOU.

Before even going into explanations here is quote of compact definition of Web 2.0 by Tim O’Reilley:

Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an “architecture of participation,” and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.

Clear as a mud … isn’t it? There is much more in complete definition by same man but all of it comes to one point. To create rich user experiences via whatever technology implemented it is still requires one factor – YOUR participation.

Nothing will ever happen unless each and everyONE of us will take action. While there are many sites and portal utilizing Web 2.0 concept of delivering rich experience they still need at least ONE of us to be part of it. I know they hope for more but it doesn’t always happen 🙂

  • Lets take for example Facebook. ONE of the most popular and trafficked social networks that managed to really take advantage of Web 2.0 technology and at present time can serve as an example of things done right. But even Facebook would be dead if ONE of us (or more) didn’t join it, added friends (here is link to add me as your friend), become part of the group (here is mine) and used their applications. It would be long forgotten if we didn’t take action. So start doing your part by clicking link I provided above ( … a shameless promo but I had to get your attention).
  • Second better example in my personal opinion is StumbleUpon. A superb concept that is very well executed, but it is also directly depends on someONE taking action and Stumbling all the great sites currently shared by Stumble users. To strive and prosper it needs everyONE of us to click that “I like It!” button in our browser. So do you part, click it if you like this article!
  • Content aggregation is another huge example and two names come to mind – Digg and Technorati. While they are different in many perspectives they do have a few things in common … They need someONE to take action …

I can go on and on but what is the point, right? I think by now you get the idea.

Without ONE of us taking action Web 2.0 would be dead!

While derelict static website can survive by simply placing a page on the web and properly optimizing it for search engines to be found – Web 2.0 is at out mercy and Power Of ONE is undisputed!

Now is your turn. If you like the article, do you part and share 😉