I share the pain Mao had for frequently being asked about comment on Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 started from a conference in San Francisco about 1 year ago, and now Web 2.0 is the hottest buzz words in the IT world in China. Something I cannot understand is that so many magazine, whether IT related or not, put so many effort on the concept of Web 2.0. People say: Web 2.0 = RSS + Blog + SNS + (anything new, you name it)… Well. I just have strong feeling that when non-IT magazine care about some new stuff in IT world, it means the Internet penetration has arrived to a new level. This is interesting – just as non-IT magazines and newspapers start to focus on Internet several years ago.
Web 2.0 is a new concept, but a very comercialized concept. I just learnt that several thousand people attended the web 2.0 conference last year, no doubt why so many media knows this word. The Internet market in China is different from the U.S, – completely different – I am not talking about how new the idea is, I am talking about the user base. I wrote an article on this on my Chinese blog, and it got some attention. My point is, the reality of Internet in China has nothing to do with the concept and buzz word in America…
Web 2.0 is a buzz word. To use this word to get some money (short term) is a good idea, but to bet our business in the next two years on it may not be wise.
I often forget the fact that I still live in the city of Shanghai. Recently my thinking and my talk are completed around the classified business and the business mode, the new trends we need to pay attention. It is not easy and occupies 100% of my time. Maybe the only time I remember I am in Shanghai is when the weather changes – when it becomes hot or it rains heavily, just like this afternoon…
I hope I will resume the lifestyle and continue the “real person reporter in Shanghai” role soon.