Web 2.0? My Money is on Web 2.1 or Web 3.0

On September 29, 2005, in The Web, by Josh Hallett

Web 2.0 is a popular topic, but how soon before somebody starts to talk about Web 2.1 or even Web 3.0? Who will be the first to say, ‘Our product draws on the social networking capabilities of Web 3.0′ We always talk about ‘internet time’ being so fast, yet it’s taken us 10 years to get to Web 2.0. A quick Google search shows:
Web 2.0 – 9,230,000 results
Web 2.1 – 19,700
Web 3.0 – 38,300
Web 4.0 – 16,100
Looks like there is plenty of opportunity in Web 2.1 or Web 3.0. It reminds me of the scene from There’s Something About Mary where Ben Stiller and Harland Williams discuss Harland’s ideas for ’7 Minute Abs’:

Hitchhiker: You heard of this thing, the 8-Minute Abs?
Ted: Yeah, sure, 8-Minute Abs. Yeah, the excercise video.
Hitchhiker: Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: 7… Minute… Abs.
Ted: Right. Yes. OK, alright. I see where you’re going.
Hitchhiker: Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin’ there, there’s 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?
Ted: I would go for the 7.
Hitchhiker: Bingo, man, bingo. 7-Minute Abs. And we guarantee just as good a workout as the 8-minute folk.
Ted: You guarantee it? That’s – how do you do that?
Hitchhiker: If you’re not happy with the first 7 minutes, we’re gonna send you the extra minute free. You see? That’s it. That’s our motto. That’s where we’re comin’ from. That’s from “A” to “B”.
Ted: That’s right. That’s – that’s good. That’s good. Unless, of course, somebody comes up with 6-Minute Abs. Then you’re in trouble, huh?
[Hitchhiker convulses]
Hitchhiker: No! No, no, not 6! I said 7. Nobody’s comin’ up with 6. Who works out in 6 minutes? You won’t even get your heart goin, not even a mouse on a wheel.
Ted: That – good point.

So folks let’s start talking about Web 3.0: all the taste and satisfaction of Web 2.0 but half the calories.
Update: Jeremy Zawodny found a Web 2.1 conference.

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