I don't mean to get off on a rant here...

An interesting comment from Ora Lassila regarding the Web 2.0/ Semantic Web discussion

I don't mean to get off on a rant here... -

but I am really really fed up with the discussion about
the Web's version numbers. All this energy is spent on a completely
useless, stupid debate about something that first of all
does not matter, and second, we are not talking about a single
piece of software or a specification, so what's with the version
numbers anyway. Is there going to be Web 2.1, followed by Web 2.2
(or perhaps 2.2 alpha)? Don't you people have better things to
do?

I am assuming that all this really started when the term "Web
2.0" was coined. It is a marketing term for something that does not
exist and has not even been defined all that clearly. It is hype.
It has little, if anything to do with technology. It represents
misguided thinking. The Web evolves, yet using some
numbering would suggest that we are talking about a major new
version. Good for marketing, I guess. Makes people who don't have a
clue go "oh, I have to get me some of that new Web 2.0".

Perhaps that's why this is so frustrating to me: I am more
interested in technology. I would like to think that the
technologies I am working on will make - some day - people's lives
easier and - forgive me if this sounds melodramatic - will make the
World a Better Place (I heard "http://www.rr.cs.cmu.edu/">Raj Reddy say something like this
in his opening talk to the AAAI-1988 conference and it had quite an
influence on me and my choice of a career). Given a goal such as
that, let's just all try to work towards it, without letting others
distract us with version numbers and other silly hype.

Don't even get me going on "http://www.lassila.org/blog/archive/2006/11/microformats_we.html">"3.0"
anymore...

Of course, all this is just my opinion.

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