Web 2.0 has jumped the shark
I'm about as big a fan of "web 2.0" as anybody. I'm all about user generated content and Ajax-ified interfaces. I can't tell you how many times I've had potential clients approach me asking for a web 2.0 look. Or that they've got a wicked application idea....it's like Flickr meets YouTube meets Facebook. You want me to build that for you? Sure, why not.
And yet, as I drove home today, there was the mayor of Ottawa talking on the radio about new ways to communicate with the local government. He managed to use the actual words "web two-dot-oh", "user generated content", and "Facebook-like" features. I almost caused an accident trying to rip the radio out of my dash.
What does that even mean to anybody listening to the radio? All the site does is post topics and allow people to respond to those comments. Users can then rate the comments by indicating whether you agree with the stated viewpoint.
Now, I haven't used the site in any depth so maybe there's more to it than this but from what I've seen, there's no need to be throwing around useless buzz phrases like this. C'mon, it's time to think outside the box and create a paradigm shift.