Web 2.0 and Austria´s biggest Broadcasting Company

It was an exciting afternoon when three nice guys from the Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF came to our office, talked with us about Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web and made a couple of interviews with us.

On the 1st of September you can see the results if you can receive ORF 1 (and if you´re still watching good old TV…).

Markus Mooslechner from ORF will try to find answers for questions like “…is Web 2.0 already there?”, and I asked him (which you probably can´t see on TV), if Web 2.0 has already arrived at Austria´s biggest Broadcasting Company…

Since there´s no media-stream of “Newton” you might be interested in this video.

New Web 2.0 application: “Vote for my hair cut”

Henry Story has demonstrated that it just has begun: The rather infinite options users have to build Web 2.0 applications. Henry´s meshup of blogging, voting and flickr (without deploying any webservice!) shows that even non-programmers can build their own new apps.

Next step, I guess, is a real-time voting system which can be installed at any hair cutter 2.0… (We could try that out at SL first!)

Vilém Flusser`s comments on Web 2.0

The always inspiring Flusser has anticipated Web 2.0 about 15 years ago: His “telematic society” is what we call the blogosphere today.

“Social network dialogues would no longer be dominated by discourses, but would be fully dialogic and supported in their democratic character by a technological infrastructure that is organized itself as network dialogue.” (C. Fuchs: The Internet as a Self-Organizing Socio-Technological System)

Social Semantic Web OR Semantic Social Web

Just the flipside of the same coin: But – I rather focus on the Social Web, cause the web is about connecting people, nothing else. And the Semantic part “only” helps to make communication and connections more efficient and better. So: I prefer to talk about the semantic social web… Nevertheless, the Social Web (aka Web 2.0) is “only” vehicle, making on the surface everything better… but not solving the problem at all.

Whilst helping to connect even more people, producing even more content, Web 2.0 offers no tools except social tagging for organizing all the “new” knowledge. So, let´s think about semantic technologies, how they can help us to make an even better Web 2.0, okay?