Does Web 2.0 Lead to Laziness?

Not a day after Puneet commented that I am “able to churn out so many high quality posts so often” (his words, unsolicited), I am having writer’s block.

I blame the Interwebs and Life in general for not being interesting enough today. So, in lieu of real content, I’m going to riff (tongue in cheek) on the laziness of New Web. Observe the core principles and cornerstones of Web 2.0 and their real world meanings:

  • Blog: I am too lazy to proofread or even write full sentences, but you must read what I say. And link to it.
  • Wiki: I am too lazy to make changes to HTML. Do it yourself.
  • Social Network: I want to be wildly popular without building real relationships. That takes too much time and effort.
  • Wisdom of Crowds: I don’t know the answer, so rather than do any work, I’ll ask a bunch of people and cherry-pick the good stuff.
  • Crowdsourcing: I’m too lazy to do X. It sure would be great if I had a bunch of other people to help me do my work.
  • Folksonomy: I’m too lazy to maintain a list of values. Do that yourself.
  • Tagging: I didn’t bother coding any attributes because that’s too hard. Do it yourself.
  • Perpetual Beta: Testing is too much work. Do it yourself.
  • Lightweight Programming Models: Learning to code is too much work.
  • RSS: I am too lazy to visit all the websites I want to read.
  • Mashup: Why can’t everything be on a map?
  • Web Service: I don’t want to build an integration, why don’t you build it for me?

That was fun. I love New Web, don’t get me wrong. I do feel like it has made me lazier, though.

What do you think? I know, more content, more Oracle, no more (More…) in the feed. You did this to me.

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19 comments

  1. Hey Jake
    You missed one – Splog – maybe a part of the underbelly of Web2.0 – the height of laziness, I’ll just steal everyone else’s hard written content – all of your trackbacks point to a perfect example. I wonder what search criteria they are using to scrape your entry – ‘laziness’ maybe 🙂

  2. Hey Jake
    You missed one – Splog – maybe a part of the underbelly of Web2.0 – the height of laziness, I’ll just steal everyone else’s hard written content – all of your trackbacks point to a perfect example. I wonder what search criteria they are using to scrape your entry – ‘laziness’ maybe 🙂

  3. Yeah, I’m cleaning those up in a sec. The post on MySpace got splogged too. I think it was the Saw 4 part. Weird.

  4. Yeah, I’m cleaning those up in a sec. The post on MySpace got splogged too. I think it was the Saw 4 part. Weird.

  5. Jake – you forgot the audience participation one — I’m too lazy to do real work myself so I’ll spend my time reading your blog instead.

  6. Jake – you forgot the audience participation one — I’m too lazy to do real work myself so I’ll spend my time reading your blog instead.

  7. Nice list. I’m definitely guilty of being lazy. I do not bother with partial feeds unless I have to, and usually I do not have to.

    Many bloggers publish partial feeds because they think that this will *force* readers to click through and land on their blog. This is often not true. After blogging for more than two years, I have come to realize that if you want more readers, you have to set your content free and publish full feeds.

    So, Jake, when are you going to get rid of this (more…) link in your feed? 😉

    have a good weekend.

  8. Nice list. I’m definitely guilty of being lazy. I do not bother with partial feeds unless I have to, and usually I do not have to.

    Many bloggers publish partial feeds because they think that this will *force* readers to click through and land on their blog. This is often not true. After blogging for more than two years, I have come to realize that if you want more readers, you have to set your content free and publish full feeds.

    So, Jake, when are you going to get rid of this (more…) link in your feed? 😉

    have a good weekend.

  9. Yeah, the reason we use it is to keep the front page of oracleappslab.com more lively, i.e. more posts show not only above the fold but all the way to the bottom. A long post could dominate the entire page.

    I guess we can put it to a vote.

  10. Yeah, the reason we use it is to keep the front page of oracleappslab.com more lively, i.e. more posts show not only above the fold but all the way to the bottom. A long post could dominate the entire page.

    I guess we can put it to a vote.

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