Given that everyone has tried their hand at defining Web 2.0, there is no harm in hearing out Nokia’s interpretation of Web 2.0. They obviously look at it from the point of view of mobile phones, and have produced a fun video to get their point across. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

Thanks, Om Malik




  1. The King says:

    Too hard to understand what language they were speaking……..Loved the video though

  2. Sean says:

    … Seems accurate except for the focus on mobility. It’s about connecting people, and simple User Interfaces – The mobility portion is not very well developed yet.

  3. Dallas says:

    Anybody that is even remotely interested in learning what Web2.0 is would find this video as not only useless, but super annoying.

  4. CPDay says:

    The Web EVOLVES over time and, in a fashion similar to the natural evolution of species, there are many, many failed mutations and dead ends. The idea that there is some state of the Web that should be designated “Web 2.0” is just a silly notion. I suppose it justifies many conferences, keynote speeches and videos like this one.

  5. god says:

    Reassuring to see a portion of geeks still have no sense of humor.

  6. thomas says:

    What… English?

  7. eyeofthetiger says:

    Web 2.0 was so 2005.

  8. QB says:

    I’m sure most people have seen Michael Wesch’s video at YouTube (http://youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g) which kind of hints at the real story out there. This video from Nokia is cool because it also has broad hints at the Web 2.0 story.

    Underneath it all are big vendors like MS, Oracle, IBM, etc all going for the big SOA story hoping you buy there products including their message bus. If you don’t buy that then at least you buy their implementation of SOA (SOAP, Queues, etc). What they really don’t want is for you to begin integrating and building composite apps (web, desktop, other) using simple technologies that work well and can be implemented everywhere.

    I like this video because it pushes the “keep is simple” approaches with things like Atom, REST, JSON, and other easily implementable approaches which anyone can build and use. If you’re really interested in this, try building a SOAP service with your favorite technology. Ironically, Microsoft’s WCF is the best for doing it – when they actually build to an external spec they usually do a better job than anyone else. If they did more of that they would kick their competitors collective butts – however that will never happen with Ballmer at the helm.

    Now that you’ve spent several hours to several weeks (god help if you put in security) try doing the same thing with an Atom feed or REST. You’re done before you have a second cup of coffee. Also, you can acquire this data from almost any platform including a phone. You can also integrate securely in your enterprise with tried and true approaches like X.509 and other well known web technologies. Loose coupling, easy to deploy, and we all get on with the interesting parts of building distributed applications instead of figuring out which WS-* spec I didn’t implement correctly.

  9. hhopper says:

    It seems pretty obvious to me that we are moving toward mobile computing. Technology has always reduced in size and we’ll reach a point where everyone has their computer on their person. It will be a multi-media center with amazing capabilities. It has nothing to do with “Web 2.0.”

  10. DBR says:

    #8 QB:
    Stretch out those 4 paragraphs
    to 40 and you could be writing a
    pretty important and definitive
    white paper. Well done, anyways!


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