The revolution we all wanted
Web 2.0: the biggest buzzword since - what? Maybe since "Yes, we can".
Everyone's got an opinion about What It All Means. What's Web 2.0 all about? It's about user-generated content. Intelligent content. The Semantic Web. The end of the distinction between social and professional.
Sure, all these things are part of it. But what underlies almost everything that people propose as "The Meaning Of It All" is, for want of a catchier phrase, "Yes, we can." The first generation to grow up with computers has changed our view of technology forever: Yes, we can. There is no excuse for technology to be hard to use.
You don't have to understand electricity to make toast; you don't have to be an automotive engineer to drive a car; and you don't have to read the manual to play a game. Technology's job is to make life easier, and it accomplishes that goal best when it presents a solution and then gets the hell out of its own way.
Web 2.0: Yes, we can!