Friday, May 26, 2006

The Fate of "Library 2.0"

A controversy has erupted over the fate of the term "Web 2.0." CMP has applied for a "Service Mark" of the term, and has sent a cease-and-desist letter to IT@Cork, which is using "Web 2.0" in the title of an upcoming conference.

This episode tells me the term "Web 2.0" is a hot commodity. Alternate terms like "living web" haven't caught on. Some bloggers think "Web 2.0" has jumped the shark, but that's not what I'm seeing. The usage of the term continues to grow. It exploded in 2005 and usage has increased every month of 2006. So the graph is moving upward with no end in sight.

What about "Library 2.0"? It's easy to imagine there will be conferences with this term in the title. I don't see it listed in the USPTO database.

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