Web 2.0, according to online encyclopedia Wikipedia: "refers to a second generation of services available on the World Wide Web that lets people collaborate and share information online".
- What are these new online services?
- Is Web 2.0 merely the latest Internet buzzword?
- Or, are these new technical and social developments really changing the way we communicate, learn and work?
- How does Web 2.0 impact lawyers?
Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell, two leading commentators about law and the Internet, recently joined a growing chorus promoting Web 2.0 in a series of communications that can be accessed as a podcast via The Kennedy-Mighell Report (Episode #4: A Web 2.0 Primer for Lawyers) as well as from their respective weblogs, DennisKennedy.com and inter alia.
Their featured resources are comprehensive and include links to Web 2.0-related articles in the ABA’s Law Practice Today. One of the LPT articles (produced using Writely, a Google-owned word processing tool) is a roundtable article about Web 2.0 featuring Kennedy, Mighell, John Tredennick, Stephen M. Nipper, and Frederick L. Faulkner IV.
The issues addressed in the Web 2.0 roundtable include:
- What is Web 2.0? The best roundtable answers appear in wikipedia which also highlights Tim O’Reilly’s article titled What is Web 2.0? plus an upcoming Web 2.0 conference.
- What Web 2.0 tools do you (roundtable participants) use? Roundtable answers included: Writely, Rollyo, eHub, Backpack, Del.icio.us, and Yahoo! My Web. None of the participants identified or discussed the tools they personally use for weblogs, wikis or podcasts. .
Thanks to Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell for addressing Web 2.0 issues and introducing Web 2.0 to lawyers.
Here are some recommended Web 2.0 topics for futher consideration and discussion: