by: Karl Long

TechCrunch recently posted a 29 minute video of an interview with a bunch of Web 2.0 CEO’s about what they thought Web 2.0 was, trends, etc.

bolt_com_ceoFirst off I was surprised how measured most of the comments were, especially around what Web 2.0 is, and what leapt out for me was how much Web 2.0 is actually about how technology connects and empowers people. Web 2.0 may not be social media, but it is the fundamental infrastructure. Anyway, here are some select quotes from the video, that can be found here on techcruch in a very 1.0 video format embedded in a webpage with no way to share it or navigate it, just 29 sequential minutes (ever heard of Veo tagging), anyway:

Auren Hoffman (Rapleaf)

"We (the community) have time to create linux, which is amazing, we have time to create wikipedia, we have time to put reviews on yelp, and read and write blogs. We just have way to much time on our hands, maybe that was all time we were doing passive things watching TV, now all that passive time has become active time and we are creating stuff."

David Sifry (Technorati)

"This artificial distinction between a consumer and a producer is disolving, I call it the participant economy.
Web 2.0 is about people.
From a traditional media companies perspective the best kind of consumer is one that is strapped to his chair, fed content and craps cash."

Jeremy Verba (Piczo)

"This generation of 10 to 20 year old is claiming this medium as their own."

Aaron Cohen (Bolt)

"bolt, myspace, youtube are the equivalent of ‘the republic’ in the star wars universe, and the Empire is of course network television.” “The web site is controled by the people that use the page.
User generated media movement.”

Michael Tanne (Wink)

"Viral marketing used to be a nice to have, now it’s essential. Word of Net is far faster than Word of Mouth."

Gautam Godhwani (Simply Hired)

"More and more people are coming online, and enough of our network is online to help us make decisions."

Steven Marder (Eurekster)

"Opening up the content and allowing users to come in and manipulate and interact with the information… leveraging the collective wizdom of the community."

Scott Milener and Steven Lurie (Browster)

"Users are learning how to communicate with other users."

Mike Arrington (TechCrunch)

"In a user generated world what role does a publisher have?
60% of my readers have their own blogs."

Random quotes:
“User generate content”
“Anyone can publish, anyone can communicate”

Biggest WTF quote comes from Mike Arrington - “If a company isn’t involved in removing friction from the process then it probably isn’t a web 2.0 company for me” - Come to think of it AJAX is a pretty good brand name for a lubricant. Joking aside, Trust has often been revered to as the lubricant of cooperation, maybe web 2.0 extends that metaphor.

Aggregate quote - Publishers are moving from being in control of the entire process to being curators or stewards of content from an infinite number of sources

Interestingly, no mention of SecondLife or Avatars, so maybe SecondLife and the metaverse is actually Web 3.0.

Original Post: http://blog.experiencecurve.com/archives/web-20-ceo-quotes-from-techcrunch-video

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