Up front: a vocal and public thank-you, for sending links or notes about sites or distros, to anyone who does. I always appreciate it if you take a second to write and tell me about something. And I often overlook news or interesting events, so it helps.
A couple of days ago I got a link to a post about frustrations with Web 2.0; it’s available in German or in English. At the end, there is a call for a “Web 3.0,” which would somehow unify all the top-shelf services, into a giant orgiastic ball of social clickery. (Hyperbole is mine. )
To answer the original note I got: I really don’t have an opinion one way or another. Let me explain.
I complain a lot about bloat and unnecessary frills and useless Web services that don’t really offer any content, just splash and dash. And I stand by those comments.
Sites with lightbox logins or endless flash-driven utilities are impediments, and those fripperies are just masking the fact that a site or a company has nothing substantial to offer. Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
In short, to quote an American friend from a long time ago: “You can put lipstick on a pig, and it’s still a pig.”
CLI-based programs do a great job of lopping off all the dreck and dredge, and leaving you with the information you wanted in the first place. To paraphrase myself.
From that, you might infer that for me, things like Facebookendsterwitterspace are obstacles to be removed, before I can get what I want out of the Internet. And you’d be right.
But more so, whether or not there is a unifying social network service is of little interest to me, mostly because I don’t use those services to start with.
If you do, and you look forward to a day when Facebookendsterwitterspace becomes a reality (and when Ubuntu latches itself to it automatically), that is fine with me.
If you happen to be something of a hybrid, and enjoy using those services from the command line (which is not impossible), I can only assure you that you are probably not alone. Someone will no doubt write a tool that will interface with it, and keep you rolling.
I’m in the mood today that says if you use it, and you like it, and you feel no pain from the demands it makes on your system … then by all means, enjoy life. The world is out there waiting for you to explore it, one mouse click at a time.
And I also am in the mood today that says if you’re like me, and you don’t need Web x.0 to make your life complete, then … well, then life goes on.