Thursday, December 15, 2005

We 2.0 - beyond Web 2.0

LinkedIn is one of those tools that could be quite useful in creating what I call "We 2.0": the New People, globally connected via Cyberland.

Yup, all Linkedin users are "village people."

We 2.0 is a more powerful concept than the Web 2.0 we hear so much about in cyberpress.

For one thing, it focuses on people, not on technology. It doesn't even focus on "business" in the traditional sense of the word.

Yet am I just playing with words? Isn't the Web (whether 1.0 or 2.0) just a piece of technology or a technology platform?

Well, words are important. For example, if you ask people if they're for or against the war in Iraq, many will say they are against.

But if you ask them if they are FOR or AGAINST the "struggle for democracy in Iraq," then you might find more people to support what the Americans are doing (or trying to do) in that region.

Similarly, "We 2.0" focuses people's attention on the ultimate goal: a united mankind, where everybody freely collaborates and shares what they know, as well as the tools they've built (especially in the case of open-source developer communities).

Linkedin allows people to make the first step toward reaching the ideal of a united mankind, by enabling them to network with others and stay in touch with them.